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Christina Dimitriadis

Social Environment and Self-Image
16–28 August 2021

Oblivion's Exercises, 2004, inkjet print, 120x120cm.

Course format
Hybrid class

Either Fortress Hohensalzburg (on site) or online*

Teaching Language
English (German, French and Greek also available)

What to bring
Laptop/tablet with camera and microphone, digital or analogue camera (if available), personal working materials, portfolio.

Basic knowledge of digital photo-processing tools (Photoshop, Lightroom, Affinity, or smartphone photo-processing apps).

Maximum number of participants
12 on site, 6 online

Teaching assistant
Ioustini Drakoulakou

Participation fee
€ 640,– (€ 480,–)

The self-image as an environmental interaction can be expressed through photography. Creation of an individual visual language and a personal narrative is central to the course, as is the importance of design in photography. Students focus on exploring and understanding the ways of perceiving ourselves in the surrounding society, especially through a female/feminist gaze. While acquiring knowledge of photographic history, theory and applied techniques, students develop a body of work. They learn to reflect upon their ways of seeing themselves and their social environment. Diversity (demographic, cognitive and experiential) and the notion of the Gaze of the Other will be further central aspects of the course.

The primary emphasis is on experiment, technique and critique, together with extensive visual analysis, feedback and discussions of the students’ work. Experimenting with the medium of photography and its materials opens new horizons and possibilities, which students study and analyse by studying the work of other photographers and visual artists who use this medium.

Students will work on their project using digital and analogue cameras and smartphones. They can also work from photographic archives and found images. Sessions are divided into meetings in the morning and afternoon. In between, students work on their projects. Students’ works are reviewed in group discussions and in one-on-one mentoring sessions.

*If necessary, the course may be held exclusively online.

Christina Dimitriadis was born in 1967 in Thessaloniki, where she grew up in a multicultural family ranging from Helgoland in the north, Salzburg in the middle and Istanbul in the south-east. She uses photography as a medium to express an autobiographical stance based on human relationships in terms of the concept of identity. The notion of experience and memory are the primary tools of her work. The minimalistic design of her photographs in colours and shapes tries to capture and save what time always takes from us.

“A way to interpret the layers of my work as a conceptual photographer is to picture what happens when you throw a pebble into a body of water: the surface of the water makes symmetrical concentric waves. My practice works the same way – a vibration of parallel cycles, starting with the individual and going to the personal, the social, the political, the historical”.

Solo exhibitions
2018 Island Hoping, Parko Eleftherias, Athens Municipality Arts Center and Museum of Anti-dictatorial and Democratic Resistance, Athens; Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe (DE). 2015 Technologies of the Self, Galeria Studio, Warsaw. 2012 End And, Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens. 2009 The Firewalls, Z2O Galleria Sara Zanin, Rome. 2008 Selected Works – Christina Dimitriadis, Galerie Tom Christoffersen, Copenhagen. Symbioses, Curators without Borders, Berlin. 2006 Dystopia, Kanazawa Citizens' Art Center, Kanazawa (JP). 2005 I Remember All of You, Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens. 2003 Obscure Passages, Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens.

Group exhibitions
2019 Die Balkone, Fenster und Balkone im Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin. Transfert, Galeria Studio, Warsaw. 2018 The Poetry of Memory, Contemporary Art Museum of Crete, Rethymnon, Crete (GR). 2015 Tempus Ritualis, Galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin; Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki (GR). 2014 Temporäre Autonome Zone 3, ƒƒ Collaborations, Galeria Studio, Warsaw. The Desire for Freedom, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (GR). 2013 The History of Painting Revisited, ƒƒ Collaborations, Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle, Berlin. ƒƒ / Forma, ƒƒ Collaborations, KW Kunst-Werke, Berlin. Erogenous Zone, Temporäre Autonome Zone/2, ƒƒ Collaborations, Galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin. 2012 A Wonderful Life, Kunsthalle Athena, Athens. 2011 A Rock and a Hard Place, 3rd Biennale of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki. Polyglossia, Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens. 2010 Topos - Time Within Us, Istanbul & Moscow Photo Biennale 2010, Istanbul; Na Solyanke Art Gallery, Moscow (RU); Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki. 2009 The First Image, Centre Régional d'Art Contemporain Languedoc Roussilon, Sète (FR). 2008 Zuhause, Drive Thru Gallery, Bauhaus Stiftung & IBA Stadtumbau, Achersleben (DE). Trancexperiences, 798 Space, Peking. 2007 In Present Tense: Young Greek Artists, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens. Neue Heimat- Contemporary Art in Berlin, Internationale Kunst im Neuen Berlin, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin. The Athens Effect: The Photographic Image in Contemporary Art, La Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris & Fondazione Mudima, Milan (IT). Heterotopias: Recreation maid in Greece, 1st Contemporary Art Biennale of Thessaloniki, Alatza Imaret, Thessaloniki. Turbulance, 3rd Auckland Triennial, Auckland (NZ). 2006 Crossing the Borders, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki.

Teaching experience
2018 Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig (Media Art) (DE).
2014 – 2017 New York University, Berlin (Projects in Digital Photography: Contemporary Art and Photography).
2016 - 2015 The Guest as Host, a communal workshop of students from the class of Nina Fischer, professor at the Universität der Künste, Berlin, and students of the class of Christina Dimitriadis, Adjunct Professor.
2011 Lentopia, workshop in cooperation with Prof. Eva Grubinger, Kunstuniversität Linz, Linz (AT).
Christina Dimitriadis