Greg Haji Joannides
Greg Haji Joannides (b. 1980) is a visual artist that lives (with his two dogs) and works in Nisyros, Greece. He studied BA and MA in London and Athens. Initially a self-taught photographer, he developed his artistic voice through the guidance of photographer Panos Kokkinias. He is the founder and artistic director of Sterna Art Project (est. 2014), an art residency and exhibition program running in the volcanic island of Nisyros. His personal artwork has been presented to solo and group shows in Greece and abroad.
He is very much interested in changing social problems into social benefits through communal work. His NISYRIO project is a platform to keep waste within the island and make it sustainable through cultural activities, including workshops, visual and applied arts, new architectural material, design, printing, etc. In 2019 Greg joined the START program as a way of developing his ability to bring together and motivate the entire Nisyros society to create a new living environment through waste recycling and upcycling.