Koukaki is known for its bars and AirBnBs, but is also home to several galleries and art institutions. In other words, the perfect spot to set up a pop-up exhibition, especially during Art Athina week. The June pop-up space of Athens and Geneva-based Flux Laboratory hosts a photography exhibition by Mark Hinley that opens tonight at 20:00. Presented by the Greek Parliament, the Greek Ministry of Culture, the Embassy of Switzerland in Greece and Fluxum Foundation/Flux Laboratory, the exhibition consists of a series of portraits of refugees that Hinley produced in Switzerland and were first presented in Zurich in 2017. The series was produced by Fluxum Foundation and will tour worldwide to raise awareness about the plight of refugees. As part of the Athens exhibition, a workshop has taken place on 18 June at the Athens School of Fine Arts, where forty refugees learned portrait techniques in a photographic studio there. The work produced during the workshop is presented at the Koukaki space together with Mark Henley's portraits.
About the artist
Twice named Swiss Press Photographer of the Year, Mark Henley is based in Geneva, Switzerland at the UN. Having spent many years on the road, examining the effects of economic and social change in the world, his recent work observes the structures and organizations affecting those changes, many of them operating from his adoptive home town. He has also worked extensively on the refugee crisis, his work looks into both of refugees moving through Europe and those seeking asylum in Switzerland, he cooperates with UNHCR and the Hospice général. The project 'Bank on Us' on the Swiss banking industry has won several awards including Swiss Press Photographer of the Year in 2012. He won this award a second time in 2014 for his observation of the diplomatic negotiations leading to the Iranian nuclear deal in Geneva 'Waiting on a deal'. Born in Oxford U.K., he studied literature at the University of York, and lived for ten years in Asia.