A biography of Dimitsana

The Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation (PIOP) and the Conference and Cultural Centre of Dimitsana present the temporary exhibition titled “A biography of Dimitsana. From the photo archive of Michalis Panagopoulos” in the Open-Air Water Power Museum in Dimitsana.

Through the work of photographer Michalis Panagopoulos (1888-1956) from Dimitsana, aspects of the cultural and social transformation of Dimitsana during its recent history are highlighted. Panagopoulos was the only photographer active in Dimitsana in 1920-1950. It was the time of significant change that signalled the town’s transition from the traditional social and cultural structures to post-modernity and paved the way for Dimitsana’s subsequent development. Having lived in cosmopolitan Smyrna before the Asia Minor Catastrophe, Panagopoulos learned the secrets of the art of photography in Athens and returned to his birthplace in 1923. Until the day he died, through his lens he immortalized people, landscapes and the daily life of a place in constant transformation.

The exhibition presents original material from the photographer’s archive which is part of the Photo Archive of the Conference and Cultural Centre of Dimitsana. It sheds light on basic aspects of daily life and local society, such as agricultural work and occupations, customs and practices, social events, scenes from school life, anniversaries and celebrations. It also presents events and innovations that redeemed people’s lives and influenced the structures and perceptions that had been deeply entrenched until then, touching upon key issues for the historic evolution of the country such as domestic and overseas migration, the demands of local society for sustainability and development etc. In addition to the authentic photographs, the exhibition presents the professional equipment and personal objects of Michalis Panagopoulos combined with visual material, oral narratives, audiovisual and digital interactive applications.

The exhibition is organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Sports and coincides with the 25-year anniversary of the Museum.

Duration of the exhibition: 1 June-31 December 2022
Opening hours: Daily, except Tuesday, 10:00-18:00 (until 15/10), 10:00-17:00 (from 16/10)
Closed: 7 July (local feast day), 15 August, 25-26 December

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