About the exhibit
In Their Own Image exhibition
This moving exhibition captured the stories, the successes, the failures, the conflicts and the previously unrecognised diversity of Australia's Greek migration and settlement over the past two centuries.
From field trips made around Australia and Greece over the past 20 years, Effy Alexakis and Leonard Janiszewski painstakingly pieced together the giant jigsaw puzzle of Australia's Greek presence, both historic and contemporary.
Images of Home
From trips made around Australia, to the Greek mainland and to some of the islands of Greece, Alexakis and Janiszewski have started to piece together a giant jigsaw puzzle. Items left in homes abandoned in Greece provide small clues about the lives within those homes and villages. For generations now Greeks have left their country to come to Australia. Janiszewski has elicited warm, honest and sometimes very emotional responses which are counter-pointed by Alexakis' superb black and white photographs.
For many, the decision of where to live, Australia or Greece, became one of a questioning of identity, of belonging. Unable to make up their minds, or by choice, some people move regularly between the two countries. For some however, Australia was 'mavri xenitia', literally black foreign land, whereas others more easily made their home here.
ISBN 0 86806 560 9 APRIL 1995 (paperback)
Currently out of print - available at libraries.
In Their Own Image - Greek Australians
by Effy Alexakis & Leonard Janiszewski
The book is a moving tribute to the many thousands of Hellenic people who have contributed to Australian life. Effy Alexakis' 240 visual masterpieces are perfectly complemented by Leonard Janiszewski's exploration of the long history of Greek migration to Australia.
Published by Hale & Iremonger
$54.95 inc GST hardcover
ISBN 0 86806 655 9.