Archaeological sites seen from a drone, Marathon as a place of daily uses, which exceed its historical burden, landscapes disturbed by the anguish of refugees, crossed or inhabited by them temporarily in recent years, the plateau of Lasithi covered by the dew of history, canvases images with microscapes of endemic flora, places under the influence of tourism and human residential intervention, landscapes in the wake of the fire, landscapes with a dominant wet element, are just some of the elements, captured in the photographs of the 19 photographers in the exhibition-production of MOMus – Thessaloniki
Museum of Photography with the title “landscape stories”. The exhibition, which will last from April 6 to May 31, 2024, attempts to present modern approaches to the Greek landscape, examining its natural and peri-urban version rather than the urban one. Emphasis is placed on works from the last two decades, while at the same time an attempt is made to highlight the work of a generation of younger or less established artists in the domestic landscape canon. In this way, both the scope of the country’s photographic scene and the concerns regarding the banal landscape, the protection of the environment, the involvement of the landscape with history and myth, the critical reading of the tourist phenomenon, etc. are revealed.

The Municipal Art Gallery of Chania continuously implements creative synergies with museums and cultural institutions, thus confirming its important role as a dynamic center on the cultural map of the country. In this context, the exhibition “landscape stories”, produced by the MOMus-Museum of Photography of Thessaloniki, is also hosted, which manages to capture typical landscapes of the country through a modern photographic perspective. Thus, the public of the Chania Art Gallery and the large
photography community of Crete have the opportunity to interact with a group that highlights not only the artistic value of photography but also the uniqueness of each look.

The curator of the exhibition, Heraklis Papaioannou, points out the beginnings of topography and its application in the Greek area: “Topography emerged as an aside in the background of paintings in the
early Renaissance, but was established as an independent subject only in the middle of the 16th century. In Greece it appeared in the last quarter of the 19th century and was established, with naturalistic fidelity at least, in the 20th thanks to photography. It was preceded in the 19th century by the widespread circulation of the photographic landscape with ruins, which validated the modern Greek ideology of archaeology.

The work of the Swiss Fred Boissonnas at the beginning of the 20th century and the corresponding interwar Nelly’s respectively played a central role: steeped in history, folklore and mythology they contributed to the landscape, even without ruins, becoming a pillar of the official national narrative, along with the aura of illustrated magazines of the period, which had begun to host amateur landscape photographs. After the war, the island landscape, in its physical and virtual version, was used as a vehicle for the development of mass tourism. Worthy photographers followed, who recorded many different aspects of landscape photography in the country.The exhibition is accompanied by a bilingual catalogue, guided tours for the public and educational activities, to be announced.


Curator: Iraklis Papaioannou, photo curator MOMus-MFTH,                                                  

Assistant Curator: Giorgos Anastasakis

Participating photographers: Yorgos Yatromanolakis, Konstantinos Gdontakis, Katerina Digoni, Kostas Kapsianis, Demetris Koilalous, Babis Kougemitros, Yiannis Koukourakis, Petros Koublis, Ioannis Konstantinou, Iliana Meintani, Perikles Boutos,  Rea Papadopoulou, Kosmas Pavlidis, Achilleas Tilegrafos, Konstantinos Tountas, Marinos Tsagkarakis , Panos Charalambidis and Mary Hairetaki, Jeff Vanderpool

Co-organizer: MOMus-Museum of Photography of Thessaloniki

Hospitality sponsor: Samaria Hotel

Event sponsor: Lupaki Estate

Accessibility Equipment Sponsor: Medical Shop


Exposure Time :

Monday, April 6, 2024 – Friday, May 31, 2024

Municipal Art Gallery of Chania – Halidon 98-102

Working hours :

Monday to Saturday, hours: 10:00-14:00 & 19:00-22:00

Sunday: Closed (except organized tours)

Ticket price:

General admission: €4

Reduced: €2

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