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Athos: The Colors of Faith in Turin

Athos: The Colors of Faith
Exhibition of photographs by Stratos Kalafatis
Curation: Aphrodite Economidou and Enrico Debandi
Opening: Sunday, September 20, 2015, 18:00
September 20 – October 25, 2015
Palazzo Saluzzo Paesana, Via della Consolata 1bis, Torino, Italy
Tuesday – Saturday: 15.00 – 19.00
Sunday: 11.00 – 19.00
Monday: closed
Admission is free
Visits outside opening hours and guided tours by appointment: tel. +39 347 0103021

The cultural association Piemonte–Grecia, Santorre di Santarosa, in collaboration with the Hellenic Foundation for Culture and the Cultural Association of Palazzo Saluzzo Paesana, presents the exhibition of award-winning Greek photographer Stratos Kalafatis entitled Athos, the Colors of Faith. The exhibition, a production of the Educational Foundation of the National Bank of Greece, will be inaugurated with the artist present, Sunday, September 20, 2015, at 18.00, in Palazzo Saluzzo Paesana and will run until October 25, 2015 as part of Spirituality 2015 Festival in Turin. Parallel events are planned during the exhibition run. After Turin, the exhibition will travel to Rome and Trieste in 2016. Continue reading Athos: The Colors of Faith in Turin

Photis Kontoglou

“Today, after so many years, I still declare that Kontoglou’s work, in all its diverse entirety, has been of immense importance for our generation: it is one of those few creations to have enabled the forgotten voice of the east once more to be heard as it truly deserves, and to remind us of what may be the proper place for a culture destined by its own tradition to stand sovereign between the two great currents that passed across it; to weigh them, to judge them, to retain whatever of them was best, to digest them, and finally – having added a precious part of itself – to return them in a unique and incomparable synthesis.”

Odysseus Elytis, in Photis Kontoglou (Athens: Akritas Editions, 1995)

Photis Kontoglou – Reflections of Byzantium in the 20th Century

Nikolaos Chrysochoou (portrait), Photis Kontoglou, 1924. Collection of Hestia, Nea Smyrni, Athens. Courtesy of the Kontoglou estate.
Nikolaos Chrysochoou (portrait), Photis Kontoglou, 1924. Collection of Hestia, Nea Smyrni, Athens. Courtesy of the Kontoglou estate.

The Greek painter Photis Kontoglou was born in 1895 on the eastern side of the Aegean in the town of Ayvali, Asia Minor, the site of ancient Cydoniae in the land of Ionia, home of Greek poets and philosophers. His great love for Byzantium, the spirituality of the Orthodox Church and beauty of its art, led him to feel that his life’s task was to continue this long and great tradition that included both the era of the glory of the mighty Byzantine empire and the subsequent despondent centuries of subjugation and servitude. Kontoglou felt himself duty-bound to both his ancient predecessors and his contemporaries to uphold and revive this tradition that, in part due to Western influences, had been so casually neglected in the first hundred years’ existence of the modern Greek state (c.1830–1930), and to offer an authentic artistic language by which modern-day Hellenism could express itself. Continue reading Photis Kontoglou

Kalafatis & Ordolis – Berlin

HFC–Berlin presents the work of photographers Stratos Kalafatis – Athos: The Colors of Faith – and Kostas Ordolis – Athens: Angelic and Dark. Join us for the opening, Thursday December 11 at 18:00-21:00. The exhibition will run through January 23, 2015.