Alexandra Rose Howland in conversation with Achilleas Zavallis,
moderated by Anastasia Vaitsopoulou.
In a landscape saturated by images, how effective is photography in exploring complex geopolitical and social issues? And does it need to adjust in order to reflect how a more visually literate public interacts with it?
ALEXANDRA ROSE HOWLAND
(1990, US/UK) has spent much of the last decade living in the Middle East creating work that challenges traditional coverage of the region and its geopolitics. As her projects on climate, migration, conflict, and post-conflict evolve, her work has expanded into North Africa and Europe.
Howland’s background as an abstract painter continues to impact her practice, leading to a multidimensional approach using imagery, found objects, collage, sound, and video. Her projects span years and often result in vast archives that seek to examine people and places from multiple perspectives, all of which challenge the accepted narrative. Howland's work challenges us to reimagine the stories we have already seen.
Howland has shown internationally with both solo and group exhibitions including ‘Leave and Let Us Go’ (solo), FOAM Amsterdam; ‘Road to Mosul’ (solo), London; ‘Textured to Only Us’ (solo), Los Angeles; Photo Lux Festival (group), Tuscany; ‘Where I Lay My Head’ (group), Sydney, among others. Howland published her first book ‘Leave and Let Us Go’ with GOST Books in 2021 and regularly works with National Geographic, Le Monde, de'Volkskrant and Wall Street Journal, among others.
(CY) has spent the last two decades documenting how geography, the environment, and resource-scarcity affect and interact with conflict and migration patterns in the Mediterranean Basin. He specializes in in-depth coverage of conflicts and migration waves in the wider region and has dedicated his career to exploring these issues, and trying to better understand how seemingly unrelated geopolitical events interact with each other. His work on migration has shown internationally and was selected by The British Council and the Migration Policy Institute of Greece.
In 2012, he began an extensive documentation of the Syrian revolution and subsequent civil war. Following the rise of ISIS in the Middle East he started documenting the waves of refugees and asylum seekers seeking safety in Europe and the military campaign to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Currently based in Greece he continues to document the cycles of violence in the Middle East, the integration of refugees and asylum-seekers in Europe and how the current climate crisis is affecting these regions. Some of his latest work has seen him photograph the famine in Yemen, the financial crisis in Lebanon and the conflicts in Nagorno Karabakh and Ukraine. He is a regular contributor to a variety of international publications, news organisations, production companies and NGO’s including The Guardian, The Times and The Sunday Times, NPR, Agence France Presse (AFP), Liberation, Le Nouvel Observateur (L’ Obs), Vice News, dsWeekblad, Verdens Gang (VG), Netflix, Delirio Productions, Blink Films, UNHCR, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and PRO ASYL.
(GR) is a journalist covering stories about human, animal and planetary rights, with a primary focus on gender and its intersections. She has studied Communication and Media in the University of Athens and has completed the masters program Gender, Society and Politics in Panteion University. She currently works for Popaganda, an online magazine in Greece and MedFeminiswiya, a feminist platform with a basis in the Mediterranean region. In the past, she has worked for TV productions, other audiovisual and print media, as well as for a digital marketing agency. Anastasia has won the first award in the journalistic competition “Write for Inclusion” and is a facilitator on human rights and discrimination too. Last but not least, she has co-created two short documentaries about access to medicine.
SAT 28 JAN, 18:00.
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DIALOGUES #4 is an extension of the solo show ‘LEAVE AND LET US GO’ by Alexandra Rose Howland curated by Sylvia Sachini.
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