Recovering memories of the past
In the summer of 2017, Minos Beach art hotel hosted an exhibition of previously unseen photographs by Dimitri Papadimos. The exhibition Agios Nikolaos – Landscapes and People from the 1960s was an important cultural event which gave locals and visitors the opportunity to discover old images of familiar and beloved landscapes and places.
The exhibition, which was accompanied by a beautiful catalogue, was based on discoveries in the photographic archive of Dimitri Papadimos by the Hellenic Literary and Historical Archive (ELIA) researcher Maria Sorou. The lavish archive provided plenty of images and information about a time when the small, quiet, provincial town of Agios Nikolaos was reluctantly beginning to open its doors and welcoming the outside world.
Visitors to the exhibition had the opportunity to travel back in time, back when when Agios Nikolaos was an unadorned beauty, Minos Beach art hotel was treasured as a town ornament and locals engaged in everyday activities. The exhibition also contained images from the shooting of the legendary movie «He Who Must Die» by famous film director Jules Dassin, which was based on Nikos Kazantzakis’ popular novel «Christ Recrucified.»
Organised by: Cultural Organisation of the Municipality of Agios Nikolaos, Crete and G. & A. Mamidakis Foundation
Curated by: Maria Stefossi
Photographs: Dimitris Papadimos
Location: Minos Beach art hotel, Agios Nikolaos, Crete
Digital Printing: Photolab