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Photography workshop for refugees and citizens of Thessaloniki at the ThMP

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The Thessaloniki Museum of Photography is joining forces with Terre des hommes to organise a participatory photography workshop for the citizens of Thessaloniki and refugees, which will be led by the award winning photographer Alexandros Avramidis.
The workshop is open to amateur adults aged 18-30, who will familiarise themselves with the art of photography jointly with refugees supported by Terre des hommes and will be adequately informed on the historical context in which the art of photography was evolved throughout the centuries and create their own projects during visits in the area of Thessaloniki. The objective of this collective initiative is to provide an opportunity for interactions between the citizens and the refugees, to enhance relationships and to foster collaboration between the participants, as well as to exchange views with regards to the art of photography.
The initiative is taking place with the support from the European Union’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Department.

The exact dates of the workshop will be announced soon.

Participation is free of charge.

Being in possession of a digital camera constitutes a prerequisite for participation in the workshop.

For information and requests for participation contact: Elli Tsinoglou (tel: 2310-566716 / info.thmp@culture.gr).

Alexandros Avramidis was born in Thessaloniki in 1971. He is active in the field of photographic reporting and has collaborated with numerous papers. He has participated in group and solo exhibitions in Greece and abroad. He has taught photography in the photography group of the Ithaca Therapeutic Community. The last few years he is part of the Reuters agency for Greece and Cyprus. In April 2016, the team members (Yannis Behrakis, Alkis Konstantinidis, Michael Dalder, Srdjan Zivulovic, Bernadett Szabo, Alexandros Avramidis, Stoyan Nenov, Laszlo Balogh), were awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize/’’Breaking news’’ photography category, as part of the photography team of “The New York Times”.

Terre des hommes is a leading agency active in child protection in more than 30 countries globally and has been working in Greece and the Balkans to protect thousands of children and their families seeking refuge in Europe with a focus on ensuring that they are effectively protected against trafficking, exploitation and violence, as well as on strengthening the child protection systems and defending disadvantaged minorities’ rights to education, social welfare and employment. In Greece, Terre des hommes has been active since March 2016 in the regions of Macedonia and Epirus and provides to refugee children and their caregivers counselling, basic necessities, educational support and protection services.

The European Union with its Member States is a leading global donor of humanitarian aid. Through the European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO), the EU helps over 120 million victims of conflict and disasters every year. With headquarters in Brussels and a global network of field offices, ECHO provides assistance to the most vulnerable people solely on the basis of humanitarian needs, without discrimination of race, ethnic group, religion, gender, age, nationality or political affiliation.

*Photo: Vassilis Pantelidis