Roaming Images. Crossroads of Greek and Arab Culture Through the Eyes of Contemporary Artists

18/09/2011 - 08/01/2012
Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art

Project leader: Christos Savvidis

Curators: ‘Roaming Images, Exhibition’: Iara Boubnova. ‘Roaming Images, Routes’: Sotirios Bahtsetzis

In cooperation with: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) - School of Architecture, National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation - Thessaloniki Centre, Institute Mohamed Ali for the Research of the Eastern Tradition, Kavala (IMARET)


Roaming Images” is a nomadic forum that brings the West and the East together, through the search of the various concepts of ‘image’, along with the ideologies and geo-cultural state of affairs that fostered them.  The project calls contemporary artists to engage the cultural heritage of the Arab peninsula and the Eastern Mediterranean as places of a long-standing artistic and cultural convergence. The notion of image evolves into a world medium of telling the story concerning the way we speak, the way we think and even the way we envision the future.

The “Roaming Images Project” consists of the exhibition “Roaming Images” curated by Iara Boubnova, as well as of the “Roaming Images, Routes”, curated by Sotirios Bahtsetzis. Within the framework of the “Roaming Images, Routes”, a series of projects (organization of site-specific projects or public art interventions, lectures, workshops etc) is taking place in various cities - stations, along the route linking Muscat (Oman) to Thessaloniki (Greece), with the participation of local artists, writers and scholars that work in this broad geographical region. Through the creative cooperation with local institutions, foundations and partners, “Roaming Iamges” presents in Thessaloniki art works that have been produced through these actions, along with their documentation.

At the same time, the exhibition “Photography as a Means of Creating or Subverting Stereotypes”, curated by Lena Athanasopoulou, at the National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation - Thessaloniki Centre, presents works of students involved in the issue of stereotypes.

Organizing Committee of “Roaming Images”: Xanthippi Skarpia-Heypel (President of the Board of Trustees of MMCA), Katerina Kamara (General Secretary of the Board of Trustees of MMCA), Matoula Scaltsa (Member of the Board of Trustees of MMCA), Denys Zacharopoulos (Artistic Director, MMCA), George Papakostas (President of the School of Architecture, AUTh), Ioannis Epameinondas (Director of the National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation - Thessaloniki Centre), Anna Tzouma-Misirian (President of IMARET)

Roaming Images is part of the Focus Middle East project by MMCA.



Roaming Images Exhibition: Adel Abdessemed, Mounira Al Sohl, Lida Abdul, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Babak Golkar, Bouchra Khalili, Eleni Mylonas, Natascha Sadr Haghigian, Panayiotis Michael, Haris Pallas, Leila Pazooki, Kiril Prahskov, Aidan Salakhova, Kalin Serapionov, Wael Shawky
Roaming Images Routes: Ebtisam Abdulaziz, Khalil Abdulwahid, Haig Aivazian, Ammar Mohammed Al Attar, Tarek Al Ghoussein, Maisoon Al SAleh, Ziad Antar, Klitsa Antoniou, Mouna Atassi, Marwa and Mirene Arsanios, Amna Badawy, Salma Badawy, Rabia Buchari, Wissam Charaf, Sherif El-Azma, Rami Farah, Ala Farhat, Zlatan Filippovic, George Haddad, Raya Haddad, Raafat Hatab, Fahed Halabi, Eman Hamdy, Ayla Hibri, Mahmoud Hojeij, George Katodrytis, Dalia Khamissy, Rola Khayyat, Van Leo, Rania Matar, Tim Kennedy, Fassih Keiso, Hassan Meer, Roy Samaha, Mark Pilkington, Copti Scandar, Wael Shawky, Zena Takieddine, Tanya Trabulsi, Elias Zayat

Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011 Biennale de Lyon