Hellenic Museum to host floor talk with renowned photographer Effy Alexakis in Melbourne

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Australia’s leading portrait and documentary photographers, Effy Alexakis, will return to Melbourne’s iconic Hellenic Museum for an “intimate exhibition” floor talk as part of the ‘Viewfinder: Effy Alexakis’ exhibition.

Ms Alexakis will be accompanied by sociocultural historian, Leonard Janiszewski, where both will provide their insights, highlighting the significance of the Greek-Australian experience.

Those in attendance will be guided through the four themes of the exhibition, while aesthetic considerations, migration-settlement history and interconnected diasporic narratives are discussed. 

Ms Alexakis, who has chronicled the Greek-Australian experience for over 40 years will also share a special selection of her key works, exploring the aspects that have underpinned her own personal and artistic journey in understanding her cultural heritage.

Visitors taking in Effy Alexakis’ works in Viewfinder. Photo: Samantha Meuleman via Hellenic Museum.

In her own words, Alexakis shared that floor talks provide the unique opportunity for the audience to “connect” and to “understand” the work, as the creators of the work discuss the “how” and the “why”.

“Floor talks are intimate, casual affairs, where discussion about the exhibition generates questions from the audience to the artists/curators – and visa versa – and sometimes, new stories and understandings emerge,” Alexakis told The Greek Herald about the upcoming event.

Viewfinder: Effy Alexakis’ exhibition floor talk is free to the public and will take place on Thursday, 25 January from 11:00 AM – 11:40 AM. To join Alexakis and Janiszewski for their intimate exhibition floor talk, visit the Hellenic Museum website for more information and to register your spot: hellenic.org.au/exhibitions/viewfinder.

‘Binding Threads’ photoseries in ‘Viewfinder: Effy Alexakis.’ Photo: Samantha Meuleman via Hellenic Museum.

Viewfinder: Effy Alexakis has been extended and will be on display at the Hellenic Museum until the end of March 2024.

This exhibition has been supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants, and Exhibition Media Partner, The Greek Herald.

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