International documentary photography collective M55Reports presents a body of work which examines the impact of the 2008 financial crash on Greece.
How does a society respond to a crisis? What is the effect on a city? How do people’s lives change and adapt to challenges within a new economic landscape? Do the people of a city diverge or pull together? How does it feel to be young, or old, in this time? Who are the outsiders, the bystanders, the participants, at the grassroots, or lost in the wilderness?
Cinzia D’Ambrosi (Italy/UK)
Omur Black (Turkey/UK)
Ingvar Hogni Ragnarsson (Iceland)
Hanna-Katrina Jedrosz (UK)
Anna Johansson Smith (Sweden/UK)
Sophie Knittel (France/UK)
Graham Miller (UK)
Stefania Mizara (Greece)
Maria Moschou (Greece/France)
Linka A. Odom (US)
Rosa Verde (Spain).
- Silva Ferretti (Italy)
Christina Vazou (Germany/Greece) and Katerina Tzigotzidou (Sweden/ Greece) conducted the interviews of the participants.
Originally launched in 2015 by M55 in Athens, photographers were drawn together by Stefania Mizara (founder of M55),Christina Vazou and Maria Moschou, all graduates of the MA Photojournalism and Documentary Course at the London College of Communication, part of the University of the Arts London. The aim was to preserve peer support and the valuable nature exchange and dialogue which occurs in an educational setting, and offer the M55 location as a place for facilitating artistic dialogue and the nurturing of creative ideas.
FUTURE COLLABORATIONS AND EXHIBITIONS
The projects from the Greece chapter of the M55Reports collaboration, are available to view on this website. We are currently planning exhibitions in the UK and mainland Europe in 2017.
Whilst the location and people are what primarily comprised M55Reports, it is the stories that we follow which motivate and compel us. The collective has begun with projects based in Greece, and next will embark on a similar collective endeavour in Iceland in 2017.
M55Reports actively welcomes contact regarding exhibition and publication opportunities, and future residencies for collectives.
ABOUT M55 - THE ORIGIN OF M55 REPORTS
M55 is a photographic non-profit organization, a space with a wide range of activities, whose mission is the development of Greek Photography and the expansion of it beyond the local geographical artistic boundaries. Operating as an independent art space since 2005, M55’s primary goal focuses on bringing forward modern age society issues, create awareness and stimulate cultural exchange.
M55 deals with several concepts and combinations of art and image, such as photojournalism, visual arts and other emerging contemporary forms of photography that focus on the conversation and interaction of the arts with different cultural and social environments. Moreover, co-production of interactive events with other European institutions and festivals constitutes a part of our mission, which is the promotion and presentation of Greek photography to other countries and creating a network between different journalists, photographers and artists.
Besides the usual actions of a gallery, such as exhibitions and educational seminars, M55 is systematically active in order to update the Greek public and Greek photographers concerning the modern artistic movements that exist in Greece and also in various countries around Europe.
The gallery is based in the centre of Athens, at the Exarhia neighborhood (Athens)which is regarded as the main intellectual and alternative area of the city. The building that hosts M55 is a neoclassical storey, totally renovated but with some old elements preserved, as wooden ceiling, ceramic tiles, and stone walls that gives you the sense of an Athens back in the 19th century.