Photographer draws attention to Tinos’s ‘Humble Paradise’

«Humble Paradise,» the exhibition of photographs by Evgenia Koumantarou, has been on display at the Ursuline School in the village of Loutra on Tinos since July 19. The exhibition, held in collaboration with the Museum of Cycladic Art, consists of 70 black-and-white photographs depicting Kato Meri, a region in the central and eastern part of Tinos which remains largely unknown to the wider public. The artist says that these are photographs she took during the past decade. She further explains that what fascinated her was the landscape’s geometrical features, the no-frills architecture of the buildings and, most of all, the kindness of the locals. Although all of the photographs are from Tinos, they are reminiscent of other times and places and are vaguely familiar to those who grew up in the Greek countryside or spent their summers there 30 years ago. While in the island’s serene environment, visitors are called to observe, listen and feel with all their senses the beauty surrounding them. Koumantarou was born and raised in New York. She studied English literature at Princeton University and then went on to study photography. Her exhibition will run to August 31.