Eirini

Chryssoheri

Visual Anthropologist/Archaeologist

About Me

I am Greek and I was born in Alexandria, Egypt, where I lived until I was 17 years old. I then came to Athens, Greece, where I studied history of art and archaeology and then studied social anthropology at a post-graduate level at the University of the Aegean, Greece. I continued my studies in the U.K. where I received my Masters in maritime archaeology and my Ph.D. in visual anthropology.

The springboard of my career as an independent researcher was in the field of maritime and underwater archaeology. My deep connection to Alexandria led me back to the city in 2002, to participate -as a leading diving archaeologist- in the underwater archaeological surveys of the “Hellenic Institute of Ancient & Mediaeval Alexandrian Studies” in the eastern port of Alexandria. Since then, I have carried out underwater archaeological excavations in wrecks and ports in various locations in Greece.

My passion for old photographs, family film footage, and documentary films led me to the field of visual anthropology. My Ph.D. thesis “Greeks of Alexandria: Time, Place and Identity through the Visual Representations of a Community in Transition”, required two-year fieldwork in Alexandria, to study the very community that I grew up in; a scientifically challenging task, given the particularities of the Greek Alexandrians, who until the early 60s had been a thriving, intellectually vibrant and cosmopolitan community, while today, it constitutes of a few individuals who inevitably live in the shadow of their past glory. To collect my data, I carried out ethnographic research, while I also created a community-based exhibition of photographs collected from the Greek Alexandrians, which is permanently hosted at the Greek Consulate in Alexandria. Since then I have curated a number of exhibitions and was involved in the making of documentary films as director and historical researcher.

Art is another major chapter of my life and work. Having grown up with a father who was an avid visual art collector and a musician, I was naturally immersed in the world of art from a very young age. I have conducted various workshops of art history nourishing my passion for art and education. Having traveled extensively, I have combined my travels with explorations of different art forms, such as a documentary in Cuba and several art workshops.

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