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Stunning Greek Revolution-Era Costumes Exhibited in Korea

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Credit: Vangelis Kyris Photographer/National History Museum

Stunning photos of models wearing Greek Revolution-era costumes are on display in Seoul, South Korea.

The images, which embody the Greek spirit of freedom and tell the story of the country’s fight for independence from the Ottoman Empire over 200 years ago, are on show at the KF Gallery in central Seoul.

The exhibition includes the magnificent photographs, created by photographer Vangelis Kyris and artist Anatoli Georgiev, along with an immersive experience featuring special lights and sounds to draw viewers into the world of the Greek Revolution.

The two artists worked together for almost two years to create magnificent reproductions of traditional clothing worn by men and women of that time in cooperation with the Greek National History Museum (EIM).

The incredible photographs juxtapose contemporary Greek models with the intricate historical costumes, some of which were worn by prominent heroes and heroines of the Greek War of Independence, which took place two centuries ago.

Stunning photographs of traditional Greek costumes from the Greek Revolution displayed in Korea

Incredibly, the photographs even include threads sewn into the canvases themselves to mimic the delicate embroidery common on traditional Greek costumes.

The stunning photographs were first exhibited at the National Historical Museum in Athens in 2021 in honor of the bicentennial of the Greek War of Independence, which began in 1821.

The exhibition told the history of Modern Greece: the period of Ottoman and Latin rule, the Greek War of Independence (1821), the struggles for liberation, the creation of an independent state, and the political, social and spiritual development of the Greek people up to the present day.

Haik Kourdoglanian, owner of the Kourd Gallery in Athens, stated that “The exhibition is a tribute to the heroes who gave their lives so that we can have ours today” to the Korean newspaper the Korea JoongAng Daily.

“This is something that not only the Greeks can say, but Koreans, given their history of struggle for independence, and also Ukrainians today,” he continued.

Kourdoglanian, in cooperation with the artists, the Greek embassy in Korea, and Greece’s National Historic Museum, brought the exhibition to Korea, making it the first time the photographs have been displayed in Asia.

Greek ambassador to Korea Ekaterini Loupas pushed to have the exhibit brought to the country after seeing it, as she stated to the press in late March.

“I knew I had to bring the exhibition to Korea once I saw it…Sixty years of diplomatic relations between the Hellenic Republic and the Republic of Korea is an important milestone on our common path and I could not think of a better way to commemorate this anniversary than an exhibition that offers an innovative interpretation of our tradition.”

The exhibition will be held in the KF Gallery in Seoul until June 3.

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