The Sfakian Screen: Looking and Living in the White Mountains of Crete
The Sfakian Screen is a photographic exhibition exploring the social landscapes of the White Mountains as they are visualized by people living in the region of Crete today. Sfakia is an area that has historically been photographed by dozens of professionals (photographers, folklorists, musicologists, etc.) and other visitors who often focus on rugged geography, pastoralism and the idea of tradition. The Sfakian Screen engages this legacy and its themes which historically have been conversing with local social aesthetics, but also departs from it, as it is the first show centered on local visual practitioners instead of urban specialists visiting the area. The title uses the term "screen" as it is in the digital screens of mobile phones and computers that most of these powerful images originally circulated and it is these screens that enable photographers to publish their work daily. Placing these images from the screen on the wall amounts to a change of context and a call to rethink the professional vs. amateur dichotomy, especially as regards the things "non-professional" photography can do for people daily. This change of context is also an invitation to heed the ways in which people with cameras living in Sfakia capture their landscapes as well as envision their lifeworlds daily. The show attempts to capture the capacities of photography in creating and depicting place, relatedness and social experience. It tries to highlight the themes and subjects that emerge in the photographic frames and to underscore the power of these frames' composition and imagination.
The exhibition is organized by anthropologist Konstantinos Kalantzis who has been working in the area since 2006. The show builds on the long-term engagement between curator and photographers, while the selection draws on discussions with photographers and incorporates their own preferences for particular photographs and captions. While it seeks to show key themes of Sfakian social-media photography, the exhibition is also shaped by various factors, including the technical availability of images and even contingencies in the biographical routes between the curator and the inhabitants of the area. In that sense, it can only claim to shed light on the rich and creative photographic practice that takes place in Sfakia daily on screens inside but also outside the exhibition.
The show is supported by the European Research Council (Photodemos) and the Municipality of Sfakia.
Konstantinos Kalantzis (UCL)
1-13 August: Frangokastello (Castle), 10am-7pm (and event evenings)
14-29 August: Hora Sfakion (Cultural Center of the Municipality), 9am-2pm, 5am-8pm
30 August-12 September: Askifou (Ammoudari, Bikouvaris Building), 10am-7pm
From: http://www.sfakia.gr/el/municipality/an ... E%BD%CE%B7