Effy Alexakis’ photo exhibition on Greek Australians to be displayed in Athens

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A photo exhibition by Greek Australian documentary photographer, Effy Alexakis, will be on proud display from October 22 at ‘shedia home’ in Athens.

Titled ‘Greek Australians: In Their Own Image,’ the exhibition will feature select works from Alexakis’ photographic archive which capture the depth and diversity of Australia’s Greek presence through individual migration stories.

“We gave the project the title ‘Greek-Australians: In Their Own Image’ because we wanted the people themselves to share their own story,” Alexakis says in a press release.

Top Left: Bill Florence (Vasilios Florias) being Welcomed to Australia, Melbourne, 1922. Photo: J. Florence, from the ‘In Their Own Image: Greek-Australians’ National Project Archives. Bottom Left: Girls at the Glendi Festival, Adelaide, 1989. Photo: Effy Alexakis. Right: Helen and Peter Faros, Olympis Cafe, Bigga, NSW, 2009. Photo: Effy Alexakis.

The exhibition is a small part of a larger social and cultural project on the Greek Australian presence in Australia, which Alexakis has been working on in collaboration with historian, Leonard Janiszewski, since the early 1980s.

They already have three publications that bear their name on the subject of Hellenism in Australia, including ‘In Their Own Image: Greek Australians,’ ‘Greek Cafes and Milk Bars of Australia’ and ‘Images of Home.’ All are important documents of our immigration history.

The exhibition in Athens is supported by the Embassy of Australia in Greece and is the beginning of a series of events that will be set up in and around the ‘shedia home’ for the immigration history of Greece and other diasporic countries.

Exhibition Details:

  • Exhibition curator: Ioanneta Vergi from Discover Greek Culture.
  • Exhibition duration: October 22 – November 12. Due to the measures against coronavirus, no official inauguration will take place.
  • The entrance is free. First come first served.

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