“Fred Boissonnas and the Mediterranean. A photographic Odyssey” exhibition, MOMus – Μουσείο Φωτογραφίας Θεσσαλονίκης/Thessaloniki Museum of Photography [13-30/9/2022 Tuesday to Friday at 12:00 & 17:00]Marilena Pateraki
A photographic shot of the sea between Sicily and Tunisia and its silver reflections back in 1912 by the Swiss photographer Fred Boissonnas (1858-1946) as well as his photographic selfportrait in 1900 welcome visitors to the new exhibition entitled “Fred Boissonnas and the Mediterranean. A photographic Odyssey” in MOMus-Thessaloniki Museum of Photography.
In all of the 110 works and multimedia applications presented in the exhibition, one can follow the formation of Fred Boissonnas’ vision on photography, the sources of his inspiration, and his long quest to raise photography to the realm of fine art. From the Alps to the Sinai desert, the Mediterranean Sea is in the core, which, as another common place, becomes the backdrop of the photographer’s own photographic Odyssey, in the footsteps of the Homeric hero.
Boissonas’ oeuvre was based on his collaborations with writers, archaeologists, politicians and geographers, while it contributed to the formation of a new perception that viewed the Mediterranean as common geographical and cultural entity.Taking photographs of the Mediterranean places for more than three decades, Boissonnas validated, among other things, the geopolitical transformations of Greece and the Balkans. Scenes from the everyday life of ordinary people, monuments and landscapes to be translated, invite the exhibition visitors to a travel experience in places that have now been shaped in ways that back then still seemed mythical.
The exhibition “Fred Boissonnas and the Mediterranean. A photographic Odyssey” is produced by the MOMus-Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, and co-organized by the Department of Geography and Environment of the University of Geneva, the Library of Geneva and the Museum of Art and History of the City of Geneva and with the collaboration of the Central Library of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
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