CV

Penelope Thomaidi is a freelance phοtographer and graphic designer from Greece.
She is member of Hans Lucas since July 2018 and co-funder of WHAT IF Design creative network since 2013.

In 2017 she enrolled in the one-year programme of Creative Documentary and Photojournalism by Spéos International School of Photography and MAGNUM PHOTOS in Paris, France.

She has been a member of collectives groups studying and creating in the field of creative activism (artivism), such as Εnmedio (Barcelona), LaConga (Barcelona) and Antifascist Performing Arts Festival (Athens).

She speaks fluently english, spanish, greek and basic french.

 

STUDIES:

Creative Documentary and Photojournalism, Spéos International School of Photography in collaboration with MAGNUM PHOTO, Paris FR (2017-2018)
MArts Artistic Production & Research, School of Fine Arts, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona ES (2008-2010)
School of Fine Arts, Universidad Complutense, Madrid ES (2005-2006)
BA School of Plastic Arts & Art Sciences, University of Ioannina, Ioannina GR (2002-2007)

 

SCHOLARSHIPS-AWARDS:

2018 Finalist | Bourse du Talent – Paysage, Paris
2018 1st place | Spéos Awards – Reportage, Spéos International School of Photography, Paris
2008 2nd place | Scholarships Competition for Postgraduate Studies in Visual Arts, ΙΚΥ – Greek State’s Institute of Scholarships
2005-2006 Socrates-Erasmus Scholarship, IKY – Greek State’s Institute of Scholarships

 

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Photographer, Hans Lucas (2018-today)
Graphic Designer,
design of booklets for Susan Meiselas’s project Aka Kurdistan presented in the exhibition Mediations at Jeu de Paume, Paris (2018)
Τeacher’s Assistant, Participatory Photography Workshop by Myrto Papadopoulos in collaboration with Save The Children and HCP (Hellenic Centre for Photography) (2017)
Graphic Designer & Photographer, WHAT IF Design Studio, Athens (2013 – today)
Teacher, Participatory Creative Workshop in collaboration with KETHEA Mosaic, Athens (2013)
Creative Director, Efhantron Jewelry, Athens (2011 – today)
Junior Graphic Designer, Originarte S.A., Barcelona (2009-2011)
Τeacher’s Assistant, Internship in Painting Department directed by Xenophon Bitsikas, School of Plastic Arts & Art Sciences, University of Ioannina (2007)

 

 

TRAINING: 

2017 Into the Void with Antoine D’ Agata, 6day workshop with Magnum photographer Antoine D’ Agata, VOID, Athens

2015-7 Documentary Photography, weekly seminars by documentary photographer Myrto Papadopoulos, Orama School of Photographic Studies, Athens
Fine Art Photography, weekly seminars by photographer Yannis Rizomarkos, Orama School of Photographic Studies, Athens

2016 Making a Documentary with Personal Stories, 6days workshop by director Vassilis Loules, Vovousa Festival, Vovousa – Ioannina District

2015 Documentary as a tool for education, 4days seminar by director Vassilis Loules, Michalis Kokoyannis Institute, Athens

2014 Cities inside the city, photojournalism workshop by photojournalist Maro Kouri,Orama School of Photographic Studies, Athens
Dawn at Keratsini Fish Market, photojournalism workshop by photojournalist Maro Kouri,Orama School of Photographic Studies, Athens

2013 Educating youngsters in Documentary, StoryDoc, Goethe Institut, Athens Art & Technique of Creative Documentary, weekly seminars by director Dionysia Kopana, Anoichti Techni, Athens
Fine Art Photography, seminars by photographer Achilles Nassios, Athens

2012 Art & Research: Common Methodologies, Symposium Politics & Translation, Fine Arts School, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona
How to End with Evil, meetings of Art & Activism, Enmedio, Adriantic, Barcelona

2011 KAFCA, Knowledge Against Financial Capitalism, MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona)in collaboration with SCEPSI – European School for social imagination, Barcelona

2010 Influencers, festival of non-conventional art, guerrilla of communication and radical entertainment, CCCB, Barcelona
Experimental Animation Workshop, by Lourdes Villagomez, CCCB, Barcelona

2009 Between Art & Documentary, workshop with Sally Gutierrez, Fine Arts School, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona
iD Barrio. Social creativity, collective action and artistic practices, Capella, Barcelona
Urban Screen, Medialab Prado, Madrid

2007 Representation & Spectator, 3-days Contemporary Art Workshop with Ν. Alexio, Ε. Karamba, S. Bachtsetzis, Ν. Xydakis, cordination by Xenofon Bitsikas, School of Plastic Arts & Art Sciences, University of Ioannina, Ioannina

2006 Workshop with Gary Hill, School of Fine Arts, Universidad Complutense, Madrid

2004 Cinema & Painting: Convergences & Divergences, seminar by Xenophon Bistikas and Christos Dermetzopoulos, School of Plastic Arts & Art Sciences, University of Ioannina

2001-2 Fine Art & Techical Drawing, courses at Tsigkris School, Athens

 

 

EXHIBITIONS:

2018  – Night Symphony, Espai Souvenir, Barcelona, ES [solo]
European Youth, end-of-the-year masterclass students exhibition, Magnum Photos, Paris, FR [group]
Spéos annual exhibition, Paris, FR [group]

2017 – The Last Game, Trii Art-Hub, Athens, GR [group]
Timeless Spaces, Thisseion Lofts, Athens, GR [group]

2016 – Inner Space, Thisseion Lofts, Athens, GR [group]

2015 – Somewhere in time, Thisseion Lofts, Athens, GR [group]

2014 – Gradient festival. From color to grayscale, Ιoannina, GR [group]

2013 – Museums Night: “Art + Creativity = Social Change.”, Historic Archive of the National Bank of Greece, Athens, GR [group]
Little Paris of Athens, Finos Films Building, Athens, GR [group]

2012 – Museums Night: “Museums in a changing world. New challenges, new inspirations.”, Historic Archive of the National Bank of Greece, Athens, GR [group]
Stopover, Action Field KODRA, Thessaloniki, GR [group]

2010 – Visit, Aggelos & Leto Katakouzenos House, Athens, GR [group]
Action Field KODRA, (participation with LaConga collective) Thessaloniki, GR [group]
Festival Arte.mov, Usina do Gasometro, Porto Alegre / Espaco 104, Belo Horizonte / Auditorio Pinheiros, Sao Paulo, BRA [group]
Festival Ingravid, selected videos presented at OFF LOOP, Figueras, ES [group]
Off Loop, parallel activity to LOOP video Art Festival, Barcelona, ES [group]

2009 – Observatori Prat, Centre d’Art Torre Muntadas, Sala d’Art Josep Bages, Prat de Llobregat, ES [group]
Athens Video Art Festival, Τechnopolis, Cultural Center of the Municipality of Athens, Athens, GR [group]

2008 – N, Cosmos of Culture gallery, Athens, GR [group]

2007 – Reconstruction of Memory, end-of-the-year solo exhibition, School of Plastic Arts & Art Sciences, University of Ioannina, GR [solo]
Anverso-Reverso, catedra Juan Gris exhibition of the participants of the workshops by Carlos Garaicoa and Gary Hill, School of Fine Arts, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, ES [group]

2006 – Miradas, senior students exhibition, School of Fine Arts, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, ES [group]