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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 11 February 2017
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2017 21 ARTS and his photographs were later exhibited in the prestigious Royal Geographical Society’s gallery in London. Two years ago, having his photographic series showcased in Melbourne was, according to Vavdinoudis, unfeasible. “Honestly, I have thought about presenting my work to Greek Australians. But the costly transfer of the exhibitions to a destination such as Australia is a concern. This, combined with the current economic situation in Greece, makes it difficult to cover the costs,” he said then. Yet with ‘Faces+Masks’ scheduled to be showcased at the Hellenic Museum this coming March during the Melbourne Fashion Festival, what looked like a dream is now becoming reality. Hellenic Museum’s CEO John Tatoulis − who also admits to being an admirer of the artist − explains that the exhibition was selected after extensive research on the topic, which brought to the spot- light the unique story behind each one of the pictures. “It is a particular series looking at the subject in a way that is quite fascinating, presenting this pagan ritual custom that has evolved from pre-Christian times to now. “[The artist] is uncovering a lot more about the different characters depicted in the people dressed up, by having the locals partly out of costumes and revealing the actual faces of the individuals,” he says. Mr Tatoulis also makes spe- cial reference to the unique way that the work encapsulates the non-contradiction of the ancient tradition with modern culture. “There is a contemporary aspect to it, but at the same time it feels incredibly organic. “You can even see the similarities with film and television, where creators are looking for inspiration into some of these customs and traditions and reinvented them; take Game of Thrones, for example,” he says with a laugh. This is the second year that the Hellenic Museum is partnering with Melbourne Fashion Festival and according to Mr Tatoulis, the festival organisers were quite excited about the collaboration and the photographic exhibition as something different and unusual. As for the museum, the partnership also comes as part of an effort to boost the Greek presence in popular events and festivals in the city. “I think we have an oppor- tunity to work with all the major Melbourne festivals − food, fashion, film − and introduce aspects of Greek art and culture that aren’t necessarily typical ... thinking outside the box and offering something adventurous and cutting edge,” explains Mr Tatoulis. The ‘Faces+Masks’ series willbe hosted at the Hellenic Museum from 9-19 March, TuesdaySunday from 10.00 am-4.00 pm and entrance is free. Opening night is scheduled for Thursday 9 March from 6.30 pm-8.30 pm.
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