The Greek Soul
THE GREEK SOUL
VANGELIS KYRIS & ANATOLI GEORGIEV
MYKONOS 21 – 29 AUGUST 2021
Welcome to an exhibition where different expressions of art coexist, complement each other and, in the end, interpret reality from a completely innovative perspective.
Impressive portraits distil experiences of photographer Vangelis Kyris during imaginary, subconscious and literal travels around the world, whose borders his gaze encloses within a picture frame on the map of a wall. An array of images from across the globe tart out from Asia and Africa and end up in Greece, where the photographer focuses his gaze on the roots of tradition, expressed through a free creative approach that is far from folk imagery.
Printed on canvas, his images acquire the depth and complex readings of a painting. Anatoli Georgiev, the photographer’s friend and collaborator for the past five years, reaches for the canvas and subtly embellishes its details and fragments, endowing Vangeli’s portraits with a vibrant third dimension, unlocking new, multiple readings of the same image, this time through texture.
The artworks are a love story where contemporary photography meets traditional techniques such as tea dyeing and thread corrosion, as means of realizing the creative vision that the two artists share with the third powerhouse of the group, Errika Vassiliou, an insightful art lover who has acted as the catalyst in the emergence of this magical partnership.
Exhibition text by Eleni Papaioannou
Municipal Art Gallery of Mykonos
Maria Iglessi, Matoyianni
Exhibition hours: Daily 11-2 pm & 7-1 am.