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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 02 March 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 2 MARCH 2019 15 ART Artists invited to submit entries for the Antipodean Palette Art Exhibition A picture of decay at Halki where the theological seminary was once filled with life on the Princes Islands, Turkey. Kathy Alexopoulos, President of Greek Australian Cultural League, MP Vamvakinou, and Dimitris Michalopoulos, Consul General of Greece in Melbourne, together a previous event. PHOTO: ARCHIVES. A displaced couple forced to create a new life for themselves in Nicosia, Cyprus. PHOTO: YIANNIS DRAMITINOS Themistocles Kritikakos, PhD student at the University of Melbourne, is devoting his life to exploring his Greek heritage, and in particular the Greek and Armenian genocides. As the MUnGA Club President, he is just one of many young Greeks fascinated by chapters of history that he states "were never taught in Greek school". And therein lies the problem because for him, and others like him, lost homelands are simply not a lost cause to be buried in the annals of time. "If you don't know where you've come from then you don't have a holistic view of who you really are," Kritikakos told Neos Kosmos. "There is a fracture in your identity." Kritikakos can boast of a treasure trove of identities as a Greek Australian with ancestry from Asia Minor. The legacy he carries comes with a rich heritage but also a lot of pain as he is a minority within a minority. "I've definitely researched the subject (of losing your homeland) and those I've interviewed have felt trauma," he said. "And my own layer as a romios also hurts." Some cannot handle the hurt and shun the past, trying to forget and move on. Or perhaps it is just ignorance. But Greek millenials are drawn to facets of Greekness that their own parents may have overlooked. Kritikakos says that the stories told in Dramitinos' photos are "interconnected, and not linear" – meaning that they may show people caught in different places and different times but they are all part of our identity as Greeks. "Hellenism is not defined by borders of the Greek state and this has been the case for thousands of years," Kritikakos said. "We are growing, redefining our identity evolving and are not losing touch with our history." Yannis Dramitinos photos will be on display at the Kudos Gallery in Sydney from 19-23 March. has shown this through the variety of submissions that it receives every year. Preparations have begun again for this year's Antipodean Palette Art Exhibition, celebrating the diverse work of Greek Australian artists. Since 2011, the Antipodean Palette has established itself as a major annual art event in the Greek community and invites artists nationwide to exhibit work in a variety of form and medium. This exhibition offers both emerging and established artists an ideal platform to network and introduce their work to the wider community. It also stimulates public interest in the Visual Arts by highlighting the wonderful talent existing in our community. The Antipodean Palette is proudly T presented by The Greek-Australian Cultural League, a driving force behind many cultural events, which supports and promotes writers, artists and musicians. The exhibition will be held at Steps Gallery, 62 Lygon St. Carlton from 23 he bicultural experience is one that can inspire people and the Antipodean Palette Art Exhibition May until 2 June, Mon to Fri 11.00am to 6.30pm, Sat- Sun 11.00am-4.00pm. The official launch will take place on Thursday, 23 March, at 6.30 pm. On the opening day, visitors to the gallery will have the opportunity to select their favourite work for the 'People's Choice Award'. Professional and emerging artists interested in taking part, can submit their entries online before 12 April 2019. Submissions must include an artist statement, description and dimensions of work/s as well as digital images in JPEG or PNG files no larger than 10MB. For more details visit www.gacl.com. au or email email@example.com ABOUT THE GACL The GACL is a non-profit organisation established in 1970, supporting the creative endeavours of Greek Australian writers, artists and musicians. Awarded a Medal for Excellence in Multicultural Affairs & Meritorious Service to the Community, the GACLM contributes to the enrichment of literature and the arts by organising many successful annual events.
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