Documentary photographer, Effy Alexakis has been recording the Greek-Australian community for 40 years, in partnership with historian Leonard Janiszewski.
Each photograph evidences salient aspects significant to the personal journey of the photographer and her evolving understanding of her community and heritage – both within Australia and overseas – and in so doing, provides a unique visual insight into the ongoing story of Greek-Australia.
This brief survey exhibition is Alexakis’ reflection of past work and a reveal of new projects, as an opportunity to self-reflect and to move forward. A recent project documents the work of a Greek Orthodox priest in Newtown. ‘Father Nektarios Soup Kitchen’ looks at the volunteers and those that visit the church hall.
‘Binding Threads’ is currently at the early stages of photography. Working with journalist Helen Vatsikopoulos, “We have dressed second to fourth generation Australians in Hellenic national costumes and photographed them to show how threads bind the past and the present creating diasporas of belonging. Some of the participants are part-Greek, showcasing Australia’s multiculturalism and the enduring threads of homeland and diasporic belonging.” Original costumes photographed courtesy the Hellenic Lyceum of Sydney.
Alexakis’ new book Forty Photos – A Year at a Time will be available.