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Esther Solomon

University of Ioannina

Assistant Professor of Museum Studies

Country: Greece

ITP Year: 2015


Esther Solomon studied archaeology, museum studies, and social anthropology at the University of Ioannina (BA), Universita’ Internazionale dell’Arte in Florence (Diploma), University of Sheffield (MA) and University College London (PhD). Her research interests include exhibition curation, museum representations of the past, cultural tourism, and the social and political uses of cultural heritage.

Esther has lectured in Museology in the Department of Fine Arts and Sciences of Art at the University of Ioannina since 2011 and since 2013, has also taught the courses Museology I and II in the Department of Theory and History of Art, Athens School of Fine Arts.

Esther has worked as a curator for museums in Greece and abroad, and has published extensively in Greek and foreign journals and edited volumes. She is currently working on an edited book on contested archaeological heritage in Greece.

Esther curated the permanent exhibition on the history of the Jewish community of the city of Ioannina, Greece, within the city’s synagogue. She also assists students of the University of Ioannina in curating their own exhibitions at the city’s Gallery and designs special education programmes for school parties and visitors with visual impairment.

At the British Museum
While attending the International Training Programme in 2015, Esther was based in the Department of Greece and Rome. Her UK Partner placement was spent with Manchester Museum and Manchester Art Gallery.

In 2015 each participant was asked to plan and propose a temporary exhibition based on the physical space and concept of the Asahi Shimbun Displays in Room 3 at the British Museum.  Esther’s exhibition project proposal was entitled The Gillierons at Knossos: Visions of Painted Minoan Crete.

Esther’s place on the International Training Programme was generously supported by the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust.