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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 31 October 2015
16 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 31 OCTOBER 2015 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Vicky Papas Vergara named Australia’s fashion photographer of the year Vicky Papas, the creative brainchild behind the brand Vergara, has landed yet another accolade at the 2015 Australian Professional Photography Awards, taking first prize for Australia's best fashion photographer of the year. Within just two years, Papas’ incredible work, including fashion and beauty photography, has landed her three major awards; both first place in the fashion division and grand prize for the creative category in the Wedding and Portrait Photography Insitute's (WPPI) awards 2015, as well as the 2014 Epson Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) Victorian Portrait Photographer award. Papas was also a finalist for the 2014 Canon AIPP Australian Portrait Photographer. At the moment, her work is being featured at Tusk Gallery in South Yarra, alongside Mersuka Dopazo's and Felicia Aroney's creations, entitled I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org Raftopoulos’ Mythic Nation exhibition in Sydney In search of identity through migration and Greek mythology Artereal Gallery in Sydney is currently hosting a solo exhibition by Greek Australian artist George Raftopoulos, curated by Barbara Dowse and titled Mythic Nation. A series of paintings, depicting popular themes of Greek mythology, explores the universal and timeless issue of migration through the lens of politics and philosophy, with a focus on human relations. Having grown up as a Greek in a small Australian country town, Raftopoulos draws upon his own personal experience and reflects on how identity, both personal and national, is formed based on location and language. "Migration has been an ongoing concern for me since I was young, and in light of my own Greek heritage, I have always been interested in what happens to our identity when we are in between two places. To what extent is our own identity built on language, our appearance or where we live? These are the questions I address in my work," says Raftopoulos. Rather than reaching conclusions, the artworks are posing questions and the artist plays the role of a storyteller, where the past is mixed with contemporary events. The raft of the Medusa, which bears the same name as the painting by acclaimed French artist Géricault, gives the impression of a humorous cartoon, yet is actually inspired by the mass arrival of migrants on Mediterranean shores. Boat people are a recurrent motif, while colours have a fresco style vividness and inscriptions are written in ‘Greeklish’. The audience is invited to look beyond the historical and mythological figures depicted and investigate the social commentary underlying the image. Raftopoulos has obtained an Delving into a Byzantine Anthology A selection of Byzantine hymns performed by David the Psalmist choir Odysseus in his boat (2015), oil on canvas, 122 x 122cm by George Raftopoulos. PHOTO: ARTEREAL GALLERY. Honours degree in Painting from the Sydney College of the Arts and his work has been represented in numerous exhibitions across Australia, as well as in Europe and the US. He is best known for his bright, large-scale prints on canvas portraying distorted faces. Raftopoulos was recently announced as a finalist in the Fisher's Ghost Art Award in Campbelltown's annual festival for his work My Australian History - A Migrant's Tale. Mythic Nation runs until Thursday 12 November at the Artereal Gallery, Sydney. For more information go to www.artereal.com.au/ home/artereal-art-gallery Source: Greek Reporter Vardalos stars in new comedy series Nia Vardalos is branching out from her usual Greek American character roles, to a new political satire. The actor, best known for her role in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, will be appearing on television in an Epix comedy entitled Graves. Starring alongside Vardalos are actors Nick Nolte and Sela Ward. The show follows Nolte's journey as an ex-president who realises the damage caused by his policies, and sets out to right his wrongs, while his wife, played by Ward, is just starting out on her own career in politics with a new Senate campaign. That's where Vardalos comes in. Playing the role of Annie Novak, she is one of Ward's campaign consultants and a long-time friend. The series comes just as the filming of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 has wrapped up, with the highly-anticipated sequel expected to be released in March 2016. Source: Greek Reporter The Byzantine choir David the Psalmist is the choir of the Second Archdiocesan District of Victoria and Tasmania, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. Originally a social group of young chanters, it was brought together by a shared love of Byzantine hymnology. However, a growing number of participants and a developing commitment to Byzantine chant, its tradition, maintenance and promotion, led the group to form a choir in 2003, with David the Psalmist as its patron. Since its inauguration, the choir has performed many times, both at Greek events and in broader community events in Australia. In keeping with the original goals of the preservation of traditional Byzantine chant, lessons in Byzantine chanting are now offered by members of the choir to any interested persons regardless of gender, age or ethnicity. Through both of these means - both public performance and DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM the ability for training - the choir seek to preserve and pass on the tradition of Byzantine music in Melbourne for coming generations. The choir is made up of both students and experienced chanters and currently has upwards of 25 members. The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia invites all to attend Byzantine Anthology, the choir’s fourth consecutive end of year concert to be held at the Holy Monastery of Axion Estin, 7 Harrington Street Northcote, on Saturday 22 November at 4.30 pm, where the choir will be performing a selection of Byzantine hymns encompassing the Holy Liturgy as well as other services in Orthodox worship. For more information, visit www.davidthepsalmist.org or phone 0411 453 454.
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