MIA Photo Fair | Milano


Vangelis Kyris & Anatoli Georgiev
06 – 10 OCTOBER 2021

Kourd Gallery participated for the 10th year in MIA FAIR, the most important Italian fair dedicated to photography, from 6th to 10th October 2021.

MIA FAIR 2021 had a new venue with 7,000 m² of exhibition space, a panel of 140 exhibitors divided among publishing, design and special projects.

This year, Kourd Gallery represented the artistic duo Vangelis Kyris and Anatoli Georgiev and their project “Raiment of the Soul”. Kyris, specialised in portrait photography and Georgiev, master of embroidery, bring something new and innovative to the world of photography, through their mixed media portraits, that combine photography and embroidery. The two artists collaborated for two years with the National Historical Museum of Greece, which entrusted them with the authentic, traditional Greek garments of its collection, many of which belonged to prominent figures of the Greek Revolution War and the history of Modern Greece –fighters and generals, such as Theodoros Kolokotronis; political leaders; the first king of Greece, King Otto. Kyris captured through his lens modern day people of all ages dressed in these historical garments. The portraits are then printed on 100% cotton canvas, where Georgiev, uses golden silver metal and silk and cotton thread to complete with his needle this unique creative process. Through their artworks, the artists celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution of 1821.

After the big success and recognition of the project, several exhibitions have been planned for the years 2022-2023 at the below locations:
Athens, Crete Island, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Venice, Seoul, New York, Florida and Melbourne.

We are excited to announce that Vangelis Kyris and Anatoli Georgiev were amongst the 15 finalists of the tenth edition of the “BNL Gruppo BNP Paribas Award”, shortlisted out of nearly 200 artists.


Costume from Corfu Island, 19th century.

Hand finished gold embroidery, using gold metal thread stitching,cords and embroidery (chain) with cotton thread, on printed cotton canvas
Dimensions: 125 x 105 cm.

Costume from Megara, Attica, 19th century.

Hand finished gold embroidery, using gold cord, stitching and metal sequins, on printed cotton canvas.
Dimensions: 210 x 160 cm.

Costume of Genneos Th. Kolokotronis, aide-de-camp of King Otto,19th century.

Hand finished silver embroidery, using silver metal thread, on printed cotton canvas.
Dimensions: 125 x 105 cm.


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