submitted by Kristina Williamson on 22.06.2014
Please join us for the
NYC book launch of
ONE YEAR ON KYTHERA
photographs by Kristina Williamson
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Tenri Cultural Institute
43A West 13th Street, New York, N.Y. 10011
The George “Best” Costacos Cultural and Cancer Research Foundation is proud to present the New
York City Book Launch of One Year on Kythera, photographs by Kristina Williamson. The event is free
and open to the public and will feature a presentation by the artist on her work followed by a book
signing and wine reception courtesy of Eklektikon wines. A portion of the proceeds of the event will
be donated to cancer research.
In her first monograph publication, Kristina Williamson explores the intersection of art, ethnography,
and globalization in her close study of the Greek island of Kythera. In intimate photographs that cut
across genres—landscapes, portraits, interiors—Williamson explores themes of memory and tradition
in the faces of those who stay and the absences of those who leave. These images—shot in gorgeous
35mm film—eschew nostalgia and often probe deeper to a level of the everyday surreal, an ongoing
theme in Williamson’s work.
“Few young artists have the depth of artistic vision that informs Ms. Williamson’s photography. Her
images are complex and sophisticated psychological essays. Her photographic record of island life and
society is a study crucial to its history and serves as comparison in determining both the changes and
the survival of the island’s social and geographic landscapes,” says Artemis Zenetou, Executive Director
of the Fulbright Foundation in Greece, of her work.
With the help of a J. William Fulbright grant, Williamson spent over a year photographing contemporary
life on Kythera. Over the years, the island has suffered from massive waves of emigration of its people
abroad to the point of near depopulation. This exodus caused the population of Kythera to drop from
about 13,000 at the beginning of the twentieth century to a current mid-winter population of 3,000,
leaving entire villages stripped of younger generations and some completely abandoned. To the
remaining Kytherians, these deserted homes and communities stand as visual reminders of a society
once unified by tradition and now transformed by ambitions of a different life abroad.
KRISTINA WILLIAMSON is an American artist born in Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania in 1980. She holds a BFA
in photography from Parsons The New School for Design in New York and was awarded a Fulbright
grant to photograph life on the Greek island of Kythera. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions
in Greece, New York, and Washington, D.C., as well as various group exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad.
Williamson currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
THE GEORGE BEST COSTACOS CULTURAL AND CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION is a recognized
501(c) 3 nonprofit organization founded in 2009 to honor the memory and life’s work of the late actor/
singer George “Best” Costacos who died of a malignant brain tumor at the age of 44. The Foundation’s
mission is to promote, foster, and advance the professional pursuits of young artists, to support research on the etiology of cancer and to support improvement in the management of glioblastoma brain tumors.
For more information on the event contact: Dora Ziongas firstname.lastname@example.org (+1) 917-539-9821
For more information on One Year on Kythera contact: email@example.com - www.oneyearonkythera.com
Available in the US, UK, and Europe at www.oneyearonkythera.com.
Available in Australia at tinyurl.com/mh8vtgn.
$49.00 USA / ¤39.00 EU / £39.00 UK
Embossed hardcover with dustjacket
160 pages, 9.8 in x 14.6 in
94 color plates
Bilingual English and Greek
Foreword by John Stathatos
Kytherian Publishing, 2013
The Kytherian World Heritage Fund
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