An international Artist in Residency Program in Ithaca that results in the production of original work regarding the island and its history. 

10 international Artists will meet in Ithaca, will work on the meanings of Odyssey, will be curated by 4 international Curators, will exhibit their work on Return2Ithaca 2023.

2022 Theme
Home(r) keeps me alive 

Our program embraces the concept of hope for return that Home(r) mentions in many ways in the Odyssey.

Here Home and can be expressed through a critical and contemporary point of view concerning political, social, (displacement, economic migration, war trauma) racial and environmental issues (natural catastrophes, devaluation of living surrounding).

The participating artists connect intimate experience of the returning subject to multiple locations, historical experiences, inter-subjective relations, and cultural interactions. Through the wide variety of multiple photographic narratives of the artists the program raises questions about the need to return as a journey to untouched roots and Home that the ethnic subject left behind. 

Their diacritical approach combines, on the one hand, a sensitivity to the context and structural elements of modern diaspora and wandering and on the other, an analysis of the individual psychological processes inherent to the experience of displacement and return such as nostalgia, memory and belonging.

Exposing the realities of this modern-day odyssey as well as the moral shortcomings evident in our own indifference, the program is a critical call for participation and an unprecedented exploration of a world we often choose not to know. 

Home(r) explores the human Odyssey
not only in the past or present but in eternity.

Selection Process
The selection of the participant artists 2022 has been completed.

They will present their work, design and propose installations, set up exhibitions and screenings. They will discuss contemporary reflections on the artistic practices they follow. They will donate part of their produced work to a permanent collection of the Municipality of Ithaca.

Residency Venue
The renovated Environmental Education Centre in Vathi looking at the sea, will be the ideal host center for artists. The Program covers accommodation for 15 days with breakfast.

The founders of the R2I Program, Dr. Nina Kassianou (Curator and Historian of Photography) and Costas Ordolis (Photographer) will be your fellow-voyagers on this journey.

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Thomas Licek

Thomas Licek


'Eyes On', Vienna, Austria

Born 1963 in Vienna, Thomas is Managing Director of 'Eyes On'. From 2004-2016 organised and developed the Month of Photography in Vienna, currently he is working mainly as a curator on international projects. 

He is also Chairman of Reflektor, a Vienna based platform for self-published photobooks, and member of Rotlicht-Festival, a new festival for analog photography in Vienna.

From 2013-2017 he has been President and 2017/18 Secretary General of EMOP (European Month of Photography).

Since 2014 he has been a member of the advisory board of CAP Prize (Contemporary African Photography Prize).

He has been member of juries for Festivals and Awards and participated as a Portfolio Reviewer in Arles, Athens, Belgrade, Berlin, Bialystok, Bratislava, Budapest, Kaunas, Lille, Ljubljana, Lodz, Luxembourg, Madrid, Montpellier, Montreal, Paris, Vienna, and Zurich.

Alejandro Castellote

Alejandro Castellote

Independent Curator

Madrid, Spain

In 1982 he began working as photography curator. From 1985 through 1996 he was director of the Photography Department at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, where he organized the photo-festival FOCO (1985 to 1989). He has been founder and initial artistic director of PHotoEspaña, Madrid (1998 to 2000). In 2003 he curated the project –touring exhibition and book– MAPAS ABIERTOS. Fotografía Latinoamericana 1991-2002

He has curated many solo and group exhibitions in 25 countries, among others: curator for the X Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2006; Getxophoto, Bilbao (2007 through 2009); the Latin American section of the Biennale Photoquai (Museum Quai de Branly) 2007-2009, Paris; Seoul Photo Fair 2010, Korea and the Singapore International Photography Festival 2012 and curated in 2013 the exhibition and book Spain throughout Photography, 1839-2010, at MAPFRE Foundation, Madrid. He was the curator of the Daegu Photo Biennale 2014, Korea, guest curator of the ChangJiang International Photography & Video Biennale, Chongqing, the Guangzhou Image Triennial 2017, at the Guangdong Art Museum, China, and Imago Lisboa 2019. 

In 2010, he participated as lecturer and mentor in the Joop Swart Masterclass 2010 at the Foundation World Press Photo in Amsterdam. He was Series Editor of the Biblioteca de Fotógrafos Latinoamericanos, PHotoBolsillo, La Fábrica Editorial, Madrid (2010-2012). In 2006 he was awarded with the PHotoEspaña Prize Bartolomé Ros for the best professional track record in photography in Spain. From 2014 through 2016 he has been director of the Latin American Master of Photography and Visual Arts at the Centro de la Imagen of Lima, Peru. 

Ana Catarina Pinho

Ana Catarina Pinho

Visual Artist, Editor, Researcher

ARCHIVO, Portugal

Ana Catarina Pinho is a visual artist, editor and researcher. She’s currently a FCT fellow researcher, developing a PhD at the European Centre for Documentary Research (eCDR), at the University of South Wales, in the United Kingdom. Pinho is the founder director of ARCHIVO, a research platform focused on photography and visual culture where she annually develops a program of both research and cultural events and activities. She’s the editor of the open access academic journal Archivo Papers Journal, and has recently launched the publishing house Archivo Press. Within her academic work, she is a member of the research groups Global Art Archive (GAA) from Departamento de Historia del Arte, Universitat de Barcelona, and Contemporary Art Studies (CASt) from Instituto de História da Arte, from NOVA University of Lisbon. She recently edited the book Reframing the Archive (2021), published by Archivo Press, and curated the exhibition The Empire of Fiction, at the Extremaduran and Latin Americam Museum of Contemporary Art (MEIAC), in Spain.

Marina Paulenka

Marina Paulenka

Curator, Educator, Artist

Fotografiska Berlin, Germany

Marina Paulenka is Director of Exhibitions for Fotografiska Berlin where she is responsible for museum’s exhibition strategy. Fotografiska is a museum experience for the modern world and a premiere destination for photography and culture.

Paulenka has 15 years of experience in artistic direction, curating, education, leadership, management and development in culture and art institutions and organisations, but also in her own artistic practice.

She was Artistic Director of UNSEEN Foundantion and UNSEEN, an Amsterdam based platform for contemporary photography that presents the latest developments in the field of photography and amplifies the careers of boundary-pushing artists.

Prior to her role at Unseen, she worked as Artistic Director and Curator of the Organ Vida International Photography Festival, the leading institution for contemporary photography in Croatia.

Paulenka is a member of the Creative Committee at the Bristol Photo festival, a guest curator at FUTURES Photography, and a keynote curator for FORMAT21 International Photography Festival. She is the recipient of the Lucie Awards 2018 for a best curator/ exhibition of the year for the exhibition “Engaged, Active, Aware: Women Perspectives Now”. 

So far she has curated numerous exhibitions and work with artists such as Tabita Rezaire, Juliana Huxtable, Martine Gutierrez, Dana Lixenberg, Zanele Muholi, Hannah Starkey, Nina Berman, Amalia Ulman, Laia Abril, Morehshin Allahayari and many others.

Paulenka nominates photographers for The Joop Swart Masterclass, the Prix Pictet, the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize and she is an international juror and portfolio reviewer at many institutions, awards and festivals worldwide including the Les Rencontres d’Arles, Hamburg Triennial, Plat(t)form Winterthur, Robert Capa Prize, FORMAT.

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