Effy Alexakis and Yanni Dramitinos 'face-off' in new exhibition


Effy Alexakis and Yanni Dramitinos are holding a photographic exhibition as part of the 2024 Greek Festival of Sydney – 'Face Off: Portraits'. This exhibition will open to the public at Luna Studio Art Gallery, Newtown on Wednesday 6 March.

An official launch will take place on Saturday 9 March @ 6pm. The special guest speaker invited to formally launch the exhibition is Rhonda Davis, Senior Curator, Macquarie University Art Gallery. All are welcome.

Alexakis and Dramitinos, expose not only their subjects, but also themselves and
the preconceived ideas of viewers in stunning portraits of the celebrated, the
familiar and the previously unknown – the psychological interplay between
photographer, subject and viewer is inescapable.

Capturing the humour,determination, sadness, tragedy, success, the lived experiences of their subjects, Alexakis and Dramitinos bring their personal interpretive eye into play and in so doing, confront both their subjects and those viewing the portraits to contemplate their sense of ‘self’. Australians from various walks of life – artists, writers, actors, labourers, business people, retirees – from a mix of cultural and cross-cultural backgrounds, including of course, Greek Australians, are observed and exposed with insightful sensitivity, respect, understanding and humility.

Well known in their chosen visual field, the respective reputations of both photographers have been developed amongst, through, and with the Greek- Australian community on multiple levels. This exhibition showcases their portraits of Australians, identifying both photographers as skilful exponents of the portrait as narrative: Greek-Australians are presented as significant contributors within the mosaic of the diverse faces of the nation’s peoples.

'Femme-Maison: Imagined Boundaries  Exhibition
Alexakis is also simultaneously involved with another exhibition. A selection from her photographic series 'Binding Threads', is featured in the exhibition 'Femme-Maison: Imagined Boundaries  – Women artists from the collection and beyond', that is now on display at the Macquarie University Art Gallery. Curated by myself, Rhonda Davis, Senior Curator at the Macquarie University Art Gallery and Miguel Olmo, Manager of Gallery Lane Cove, the exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Women's Art Movement in Australia in Macquarie University's 60th anniversary. The official launch will take place on Wednesday 13 March @ 6pm. Special guest speaker is Hungarian-born Australian activist and documentary photographer Juno Gemes, best known for her photography of Aboriginal Australians. All are welcome.
The Macquarie University Art Gallery is located in The Chancellery, 19 Eastern Rd, Macquarie University.
Hours: Mon – Fri 10am-5pm
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GCT Team

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