Recorded Memories

Returning home: Thodoros and Effie, 2012
A photographic documentary


Andreas Tsonidis: “This series is a personal photographic documentary. As a participating observer, I take photographs of the family of my partner, and particularly of her parents, who live in a provincial town in the north of Greece. The familial memories are strong and very much alive: the Pontic grandparents’ flight from Turkey to Greece in the 1920s; the losses and life in their new home; the hunger, the strains and the executions during the German and Bulgarian occupation; the civil war and exile; emigration to Germany; the terror against communists and the left in the postwar period; the military dictatorship. And then, for a few decades, the ‘normal’ life of a family of the Greek working class. Looking at my photographs, I often feel that this history is still present – in the light, in the faces and in the atmosphere.”

 

Andreas Tsonidis
Born 1966 in Greece; lives in Thessaloniki

Tsonidis is a photographer and psychotherapist. He studied clinical and counselling psychology, and is trained in systemic family therapy. He also completed a course at the School of Photography Stereosis in Thessaloniki, and has attended numerous workshops held by famous photographers such as Anders Petersen and Antoine D’Agata. He teaches contemporary photography and is particularly interested in the therapeutic application of the medium of photography.

Solo exhibitions:
Returning home, Athens Photo Festival, Greece, 2012. Manifactura, Athens, Greece, 2012. The space between, XVth Biennale de la Méditerranée, Partizan, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2011

Group exhibitions:
To limani epistrefei stin poli, Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2011. Open screen, Athens Photo Festival, Greece, 2010. Couples, Psychoanalytic Society of Northern Greece, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2009. The uncanny, Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Olympion, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2008. City nights, Booze Cooperativa, Athens, Greece, 2008