The Great Idea. Eight contemporary Australian photographers of Hellenic descent provide diverse visions.
The power of an idea is manifest within its outcome.
The greater the idea, the more powerful its effect.
Eight contemporary Australian photographers of Hellenic descent provide sweeping, often discordant, diverse visions that resonate with a conglomerate strength of multiple looking – multiple, idiosyncratic perceptions. Their particular, individual, thematic ways of seeing, both corral and liberate those aspects of their worlds that are important to them. Yet universal to all is the need to know and understand both themselves and their context of looking. And herein lies the group’s ‘great idea’, the freedom to see, interpret, converse, argue and visually articulate self and place, unbound by any irredentist discourse of nationalism – either Greek or Australian.
Eight photographers have grouped together under the auspices of the Australian Museum of Contemporary Photography: Effy Alexakis, Emmanuel Angelicas, Yannis Dramitinos, Phillip George, Arthur Georgeson, Elizabeth Gertsakis, Tom Psomotragos and Vasili Vasileiadis.
All photographers contributing to ‘The Great Idea’ have either long-established or emerging reputations in their particular field of photography. All have exhibited nationally and/or internationally and have had works acquired by private collectors and/or significant cultural collecting institutions both within Australia and overseas. They have attracted published critical appraisal, discussion and acclamation.
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