CV

Penelope Thomaidi

Greek, b. 1984
penelopethomaidi@gmail.com
www.penelopethomaidi.com
T. +30 6973 99 40 27

 

Penelope Thomaidi is a documentary phοtographer from Greece.
She is a member of Hans Lucas press agency since 2018 and co-founder of WHAT IF Design creative network in Athens since 2013. 
She pursues long-term projects, and responds to assignments from the press, institutions and individuals. Her personal work explores social and ambiental issues, often with an emphasis on subjects related to memory, self-determination and resistance.
Graduate of Creative Documentary and Photojournalism one-year programme coordinated by Spéos International School of Photography in collaboration with MAGNUM PHOTOS, Paris, she has a background in Fine Arts and graphic design. 

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

 

STUDIES:

Creative Documentary and Photojournalism, Spéos International School of Photography in collaboration with MAGNUM PHOTOS, Paris FR (2017-2018)
MArts Artistic Production & Research, School of Fine Arts, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona ES (2008-2010)
Fine Arts, 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

 

EXHIBITIONS:

2018  
A Zone To Defend, screening at VOIES OFF Festival, Arles, FR [screening]
Night Symphony, Espai Souvenir, Barcelona, ES [solo]
European Youth, end-of-the-year masterclass students exhibition, Magnum Photos, Paris, FR [group]
Spéos annual exhibition, Spéos Photo School, 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
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 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 Gasômetro, Porto Alegre / Espaço 104, Belo Horizonte / Auditório Pinheiros, São 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, 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, School of Fine Arts, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, ES [group]

 

PUBLICATIONS of photography:

Et si tout n’était pas perdu?, GRAZIA Magazine n°462 – “Spécial climat / Permaculture” print edition, FR,
October 2018
Three Graduates Reflect on Life After Photographic Education – Theory & Practice, Magnum Photos website,
July 2018
The Battle Of the ZAD, Red Pepper n°219, UK, ISSN 1353-7024, June-July 2018
Revenge Against the Commons, Red Pepper Online, July 8th, 2018
Fighting for the ZAD – LIFO, May 15th, 2018
Ilot 8, Saint Denis: Une utopie a renouveler, ARGOT, March 2018
Greece VS the Eurozone, OUP Blog, Oxford University Press, April 15th, 2015
Disobedient Objects,  GrDesign magazine n°8 , GR, ISSN 2241-4789, October – December 2014
The economy stinks everywhere, American Enterprise Institute, August 5th, 2011

 

PUBLICATIONS of texts:

Topografías Invisibles, Edicions Universitat de Barcelona, ES, ISBN 978-84-475-3953-6, 2016
Disobedient Objects,  GrDesign magazine n°8 , GR, ISSN 2241-4789, October – December 2014
Iconoclasistas, GrDesign magazine n°6, GR, ISSN 2241-4789, April – June 2014

 

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 Screens, 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 & Technical Drawing, courses at Tsigkris School, Athens

 

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Photographer, Hans Lucas (2018-today)

Graphic Designer, booklets design for Susan Meiselas’ 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)

Educator, 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)