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Dimitra Ermeidou

2018/19 Athens

Dimitra is passionate about creating learning experiences that bring people together and focus on well-being, dialogue, transformation and play. She is a photo artist and educator from Athens, where she currently lives after 6 years in the USA, holding a BA in Painting (Thessaloniki) and an MFA in Photography (Philadelphia, PA).

She has worked in cultural management, organizing exhibitions and events since early in her career, and cultivated her love for exploration, participation and sharing primarily through teaching. In both roles, she often finds herself in diverse learning environments: from a school in a Greek children’s hospital to a top-ranked research university, or from her START Fellowship in Germany to her project with cancer-related NGOs in Athens. Strengthening her plans and skills in the sociocultural field, through invaluable opportunities like START, are key to Dimitra’s aim to positively impact a growing number of people affected by cancer. 

Project Progress Phase II Phase I

Phase II

Project implementation in Greece

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Duration

Dec - May

Project Title

Acrobats in Light

‘Acrobats in Light’ aims to empower people living with cancer, improve their quality of life, and promote their social inclusion through photo-based activities. The main goals are: 1) to give them a tool to express themselves, improve their emotional well-being, and strengthen their coping resources; 2) to empower them and reduce their social isolation; 3) to challenge stigma and fear of cancer, raising awareness about prevention.
To accomplish these goals, a series of methods will come together, developing innovative ways of using photography as a means of engaging people in discussing issues and taking action. While specific needs of cancer survivors will be addressed, at the same time emphasis will be given on their social connection, based on similarities rather than differences.

Phase I

Capacity building in Germany

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Duration

Sep - Nov

Project Title

Therapeutic Photo Workshops for Female Cancer Survivors

The project is empowering people living with cancer and improving their quality of life through photography.

Even though the number of cancer incidents is constantly increasing in Greece, cancer is still accompanied by terror, secrecy, and shame, and many cancer patients face social isolation. Inspired by research and personal experience, "the Bright Side" aims to provide an outlet for people living with cancer to explore their creativity, express their emotions, and feel empowered through photography. Workshops using participatory and contemplative photography are the main and starting tools of the project, in addition to participatory events, such as special photo-shootings. In a second phase, the produced work is exhibited in oncology units of hospitals to promote strength, beauty and hope, and in public and art spaces to raise awareness about prevention and life with cancer. 

Host Institution

Gesellschaft für Humanistische Fotografie

Founded in 2006, Gesellschaft für Humanistische Fotografie e.V. (GfHF) supports engaged photographers and photography that deals with societally relevant topics. In solo shows and group exhibitions, it presents the work of renowned and emerging contemporary photographers. In 2017, GfHF opened an exhibition space in Berlin-Mitte. f³ – freiraum für fotografie presents five to six exhibitions of international art photography each year. In addition, artist talks with photographers, discussions and workshops are held regularly.

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