Not To Be Missed!
A collection of 47 unique works of artistic inspiration will be on exhibition in the building of Amalias 36, in Athens, from April 1st to April 4th, proving that art is but one and its different expressions can ideally coexist, complement each other and, in the end, interpret reality through a completely innovative perspective.
The impressive portraits that make up the collection derive from the distillation of the photographer Vangelis Kyris’ experiences while on his imaginary, unconscious and literal travels around the world, its borders enclosed through his gaze within the context of a frame, on the map of a wall. An array of images from across the globe, starting from Asia and Africa only to end up in Greece, where the photographer devotes much of his Voyage Within to the roots of tradition, are expressed through a free creative approach, far from folk imagery.
Printed on canvas, his images were gifted with the depth and complex readings of a painting. Very soon after, without plan or discussion, Anatoli Georgiev, the photographer’s friend and collaborator for the past five years, reached for the canvas and unconsciously began to embellish its details and fragments, offering Vangeli’s portraits a vibrant, third dimension, unlocking new, multiple readings of the same image, this time through texture and volume.
Ranging from 25 x 40 cm to 2 x 1.5 meters, the artworks of the exhibition are in fact a love story where contemporary photography meets traditional techniques such as tea dyeing and thread corrosion. The creative vision created by the two artists was achieved by a catalyst, the “accidental” curator Erica Vassiliou, with her insightful and perceptive love for art.
Dubbed as a fashion world rebel, refusing to compromise his personal vision for the sake of commerciality, he is the photographer who eventually altered the way that Greek magazines perceive aesthetics by allowing the quality of his art to elevate the printed world. His personal artistic quest led him, soon after, to a creative journey through portraits-tributes to the painter Yiannis Tsarouchis, imaginative cartes postales and slide shows – personal travels within the subconscious state of space and time. His approach to the Greek traditional wardrobe is a free, unrestrained interpretation that is soon to be translated into a major historical project. He met with Anatoli Georgiev at the peak of the economic crisis and has since been in a constant artistic dialogue with him.
He was born and raised in Bulgaria where, as a child, he embroidered the outline of a pigeon that left his teacher speechless. He expressed himself through dance and photography and from 2014 he became a close collaborator and source of inspiration for Vangelis Kyris. His natural inclination to art has evolved through his experiences and practices, as well as his personal involvement in anything that deals with the expression of his creativity, from decoration to dance costumes, but also an inherent knowledge that surpasses even the masters of the field in aesthetics and quality.