Stunning Greek Revolution-era costumes on display in Korea

Credit: Vangelis Kyris Photographer/National History Museum

Stunning photos of models wearing costumes from the Greek Revolution era are displayed in Seoul, South Korea.

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

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

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

The incredible photographs juxtapose contemporary Greek models with 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.

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Stunning Photographs of Traditional Greek Costumes from the Greek Revolution Exhibited in Korea

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

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

The exhibition told the story of modern Greece: the period of Ottoman and Latin domination, the Greek War of Independence (1821), the struggles for liberation, the creation of an independent state and the political, social and spirituality of the Greek people. until our days.

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

“It’s something that not only Greeks can say, but Koreans, given their history of fighting for independence, and also Ukrainians today,” he continued.

Kourdoglanian, in cooperation with the artists, the Greek Embassy in Korea, and the National Historical Museum of Greece, brought the exhibition to Korea, making it the first time the photographs have been exhibited in Asia.

Greek Ambassador to Korea Ekaterini Loupas insisted on bringing the exhibit to the country after seeing it, as she told reporters 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 a milestone on our common path and I couldn’t Think of a better way to commemorate this anniversary than with an exhibit that offers an innovative take on our tradition.

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