Dafni Foteini Kalafati

Dafni Foteini Kalafati

Participatory Photography and Video / Art Therapy
Santa Fe Art Institute International Residency, New Mexico
Equal Justice

Dafni is a freelance documentary filmmaker and art therapist, based in Athens Greece.

She was born in her homeland at the beginning of the eighties.

She studied Intercultural Education and Photography and then followed a master’s degree in art therapy, in the school of fine arts of Buenos Aires, in Argentina. There she worked for several years in the public mental institution «Borda» as an art therapist using the new media (video and photography) as therapeutic tools.

Her love for social action and the arts made her engaged in documentary film making and since then she has travelled to some of the most remote parts of the planet together with her video camera filming documentaries and teaching photography and art . Among others, she has filmed documentaries with the indigenous tribes of the Amazon basin and with the street children of the big Argentinian metropolis of Buenos Aires, travelled with a group of scientists through Africa’s East Coast in search of traditional ways to preserve solar and wind energy, she has followed the truck drivers in their arduous journey from Tajikistan to China through the Pamir Highway and captured the Greek sponge divers diving in depths of over 50 m in the Aegean Sea in their search for sponges.

Nowadays she lives in Athens where she splits her time between conducting Art Therapy and Participatory Video workshops and developing her personal documentary projects. Since 2008 she has founded the n.p.o. AMAKA which runs various programs of social help through the Arts catering for underprivileged urban groups.

Inspired by the theme of the residency of Santa Fe’s Art Institute : «Social Justice» , Dafni would like during her stay in the U.S to enrich her understanding in the field where arts meets society by interacting with local vulnerable groups and artists through workshops of Art Therapy. Due to her filmmaking and photography in depth knowledge, she decided to use photography, video and story telling as her main tools. More specifically she plans to use Literacy Through Photography and Participatory Video Techniques to create a collection of personal stories narrated through diverse media. The collection of the narrative/stories will have as a main goal to give voice to members of the society that did not have the opportunity to express themselves in a creative way before, thus creating equal opportunities of participation.

The question of the essay to be visually investigated is how Justice is experienced at the margins of the society.


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