Raiment of the Soul
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Raiment of the Soul
  • By Joy Cho (vice-chairperson and feature editor)
  • 승인 2022.03.28 19:00
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Artist Vangelis Kyris & Anatoli Georgiev

From March 25 to June 3, 2022, The Korea Foundation (KF) and the Embassy of Greece in the Republic of Korea jointly present the exhibition Raiment of the Soul at the KF Gallery and online as a VR exhibition.

Costume of Kyra Frosyni, Ioannina, Epirus, 18th century. (2020-2021)
Costume of Kyra Frosyni, Ioannina, Epirus, 18th century. (2020-2021)

This exhibition stemmed from a monumental project commissioned to artists Vangelis Kyris and Anatoli Georgiev by the National Historical Museum in Greece in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution in 1821. Among the priceless treasures in the museum’s collection, the two artists were particularly inspired by the 18th0and 19th-century Greek garments from regions touched by Hellenism such as the Balkans and Asia Minor, some of which were worn by prominent figures of the time Kyris took portraits of modern day people dressed in the prized national treasures entrusted to him by the museum, and Georgiev embroidered the portraits with metal, silk, and cotton threads to create rare scenes in which history and tradition intersect with modernity.

Custume of Ioannina Makrygiannis, 19th century. (2020-2021)
Custume of Ioannina Makrygiannis, 19th century. (2020-2021)

Placing focus on tradition yet unreservedly using contemporary creative methodologies, the artists imbue artifacts of the past with vitality, dimension, and textures to bring them to life, open them up to interpretation, and induce synesthetic experiences.
The mixed-media portraits meld photography, which captures the three-dimensional world onto a two-dimensional surface, and embroidery, which endows two-dimensional planes with three-dimensional spatiality. The eyes of the subjects reflect the souls of historical figures, allowing them to cross space and time to reach the hearts of the viewers.

Custume from Cyprus, 19th century. (2020-2021)
Custume from Cyprus, 19th century. (2020-2021)

A Contemporary take on Greece's time-honored history, the innovative works by Kyris and Georgiev offer a differentiated look into the museum's raiment collection. By witnessing the way the portraits reinterpret traditional garments from a present day perspective, viewers will be able to understand the foundation of Greek people's pride and respect for their culture and history, and immerse themselves in a reflective and spiritual experience the transcends time and space.

Ambassador Ekaterini Loupas of Greece (second from left) conducts a tour of Raiment of Soul at KF Gallery with Ambassador Zakariya hamed Al Saadi of Oman(far right), Vice Chairperson Joy Cho (third from left) of The Korea Post, and two photographers.
Ambassador Ekaterini Loupas of Greece (second from left) conducts a tour of Raiment of Soul at KF Gallery with Ambassador Zakariya hamed Al Saadi of Oman(far right), Vice Chairperson Joy Cho (third from left) of The Korea Post, and two photographers.

The KF global Center introduces world arts and culture to Korea and actively pursues various cultural and personal exchanges to promote international understanding and trust. This exhibition also intends to provide a broader understanding of Greece's traditional culture and contemporary art, and further extend the friendship between Korea and Greece.

(From left) Vangelis Kyris, Ambassador Ekaterini Loupas of Greece, Vice Chairperson Joy Cho of The Korea Post, Anatoli Georgiev and Vice Chairman Song Na-ra of The Korea Post, pose in front of KF Gallery. 
(From left) Vangelis Kyris, Ambassador Ekaterini Loupas of Greece, Vice Chairperson Joy Cho of The Korea Post, Anatoli Georgiev and Vice Chairman Song Na-ra of The Korea Post, pose in front of KF Gallery. 
(From left) Consular officer Debora Eric Nukwenda of Tanzania, Vice Chairperson Joy Cho of The Korea Post, Ambassador Togolani Edriss Mavura of Tanzania and Vice Chairman Song Na-ra of The Korea Post, pose for the camera.
(From left) Consular officer Debora Eric Nukwenda of Tanzania, Vice Chairperson Joy Cho of The Korea Post, Ambassador Togolani Edriss Mavura of Tanzania and Vice Chairman Song Na-ra of The Korea Post, pose for the camera.

 


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