A “phygital” exhibition in serial streaming that evolves and concludes in 12 individual episodes.

Cover of the programme for the Centenary celebrations for the Greek Revolution, organised by the Lykeion ton Ellinidon at the Athens Stadium, 6 April 1930. Historical Archives of the Lykeion ton Ellinidon.

The exhibition A thousand stories stitched on a piece of cloth. 1821-2021 includes small stories within a larger one, having as a point of reference the garment, its transformations, its symbolic dimension as well as its political and other uses from the Revolution era to today.

Through indicative examples from different time periods, interconnected and redistributed, the exhibition blends yesterday with today, local with universal, as well as “tradition” with “fashion”.
From the foustanela of the revolution fighters and the versions worn by “King Otto” and by the Evzones, to Mick Jagger’s famous “heretic” variation but also to that of “Iasonas” of Bost’s Medea. From the women of Zalongo to their “motion picture” and other analogues and from the black uniforms of the Sacred Band to those of the Messolonghi Philarmonic Band in their image. In a parallel manner, from the ottoman salvar all the way to the fashion of the bloomers and the spandex, and from the philhellenic fashion à la Bobelina to the commemorative scarf of Hermès Fashion House, offering alternatives and maybe unexpected narrations.

Fermeli (waistcoat), part of the fustanela costume Ion Dragoumis wore as a child. Lykeion ton Ellinidon collection, Accession Number 13341 Photograph: Studio Kominis

Through the instrumental contribution of contemporary visual artists, the subjects are developed through Video/Digital Art, where old “materials” and stories are recycled to new compounds with unexpected meanings and sometimes with symbolic ramifications pertaining to the modern reality.

The combined total of the works forms a serial streaming exhibition concluding in 12 individual episodes, each one with a different scenario, different protagonists and contributors.

The subjects will be posted on the web as a work in progress, every Friday at 18:21p.m. Parallel to that they will be distributed through the facebook page and youtube channel of the Museum of the History of the Greek Costume of the Lykeion ton Ellinidon, inviting the public to “follow” the exhibition and to keep track of its continuity.

Applying however a “phygital” (physical and digital) model of the exhibition’s evolution, selected thematic unities will be presented at the headquarters of the Museum of the History of Greek Costume and at the Central Building of the Lykeion ton Ellinidon, combining thus the physical with the digital world.

Maria Varela, one piece of cloth – an “invented” emblem. Still video frame, © Lykeion ton Ellinidon, 2021
“The hero Markos Botsaris” commemorative silk scarf. Syros, D.N. Pierakos, circa 1900 Copy from the collection of the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation Lykeion ton Ellinidon collection, Accession Number 16511 Photo: Studio Kominis

The blend – and sometimes the reversal of time periods- that is attempted by the narration in a time span covering 200 years (1821-2021) as well as the dialogue between modern artists and a “traditional” Museum overturns artfully the linear presentation. The purpose of the exhibition is not to sum up the memory of a thousand events and memorable people, nor to highlight the garment only as a retention code of its wearer. On the contrary, it suggests new ways of reading the 1821 historiography, written and/or stitched with contemporary terms, contemporary vocabulary and syntax on a piece of cloth (ΠΑΝΙΟΝ), considering the dual meaning of the word:
Either it refers to the “piece of cloth” that, all along, every time it was wrapped, stitched or attached to the human body, turned from a flat two dimensional material to a three dimensional garment and accordingly a “hallmark” for those wearing it,
or it is about the attached to the ΠΑΝΙΟΝ connotation of the revolutionary flag, as a symbol of the  independent Greek state, then on the rise.

Participating Visual Artists
Marilena Aligizaki
Marilena Aligizaki
Artist - Art researcher 

Marilena Aligizaki (Athens, 1984) is an artist and a PhD student at the School of Fine Arts in Athens, (under IKY scholarship). Working in the field of public art with installations, performance and video. Aligizaki explores the limits of human existence and sets focus of a new fluid scape, which is stimulating the formation of new attitudes and behaviors which are aspiring to emerge and to express the underlying tensions within contemporary society. With the exception of the public actions, her installations incorporate drawings, screen prints, videos and writings. She lives and works in Athens.

Alexandra Anagnostopoulou
Alexandra Anagnostopoulou
Visual artist

Alexandra Anagnostopoulou is a visual artist based in Athens, Greece. Having an academic background in both Mathematics and Visual Arts, she creates multimedia installations and designs magazines, while at the same time she enjoys working as a set designer in short films and as a window dresser in retail stores. She has participated in international exhibitions, talks, conferences, artist residencies and workshops.

Maria Varela
Maria Varela
Multidisciplinary artist

Maria Varela is focusing on ways in which the archival event is transcribed from the digital environment into the physical world. She creates digital and physical objects, systems, environments and live events exploring concepts of identity, memory, tradition and their constructions.|
She has presented her work in numerous museums and exhibitions in Greece and abroad, in Athens, Brussels, Sao Paulo, Wroclaw, Vancouver, Berlin, Seattle, Bergen, Istanbul.
She is nominated for the 2021 Contemporary Art Award of the Taoyuan Museum in Taiwan.

Iro Vouvoueli
Iro Vouvoueli
Visual artist

Iro Vouvoueli was born in 1989 in Athens, where she lives and works to this day. She graduated from the School of Fine Arts in 2016 and has since participated in group exhibitions with painting, sculpture and multimedia works. Her latest quests into visual arts are the ways in which the digital environment, the space representations and enhanced reality affect the individual and generate new spatial experiences as well as new forms of awareness.

Mary Thivaiou
Mary Thivaiou
Visual artist

Mary Thivaiou is a visual artist currently based in Athens. First, she graduated from the Technological Educational Institute of Athens where she studied Art Conservation and then from the Department of Visual Arts of Athens School of Fine Arts. Then she acquired her M.F.A. from A.S.F.A. She also attended the Department of Arts Plastiques of Université Paris 8 with an Erasmus scholarship. She has participated in group exhibitions and workshops in Greece and abroad. She has worked as a traditional costume conservator at Estonian Open Air Museum and at Ministry of Culture. She creates video and animation for museums and theatrical plays.

Maria Kotsou
Maria Kotsou
Visual artist

Maria Kotsou was born in 1989. She originates from and grew up in Apiranthos on Naxos island. She graduated with distinction from the 1st Painting studio of the Athens School of Fine Arts in 2016. In 2012-13 she received an Erasmus scholarship at Jan Matejiko Academy of Fine Arts of Krakow in the Textile Art department. Her work has received awards and was shown in numerous exhibitions in Greece. She lives and works on Cyclades Islands.

Aggeliki Bozou
Aggeliki Bozou
Visual artist

Aggeliki Bozou was born in Athens in 1982. She is a graduate of the Athens School of Fine Arts (2011) and holder of the degree of Master of Fine Arts (2016). She has studied graphic design and theatre. In 2011 she won the first prize of the Spyropoulos Foundation and in 2019 she was awarded by the SNF Artist Fellowship Program ARTWORKS.
With reference to improvisation she creates vivid visual actions and videos in the presence of spectators and time capturing images requiring speed. Experimenting with the idea of randomness, she is trying to directly formalize the mental images and manufactures paper mechanisms that produce rudimentary movement.
Her works have been shown in Greece and abroad: Family Business Gallery (New York), Netting the Work Berlin (Germany), Cairo Video Festival (Egypt), Dirty Linen-Family Business Handmade Benaki Museum, Vorres Museum, Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens Biennale etc.

Elektra Stampoulou
Elektra Stampoulou
Visual artist - Researcher

Elektra Stampoulou is a visual artist, researcher and PhD candidate of Athens School of Fine Arts. Her visual art work consists mainly of installations including, among others, sculptural objects, drawings, digital images, videos and performances. Her practice develops around questions related to narrative formation and narration within time-dependent procedures, in an effort to reconfigure narrative authorship and participation in the performative process. 

Concept – Supervision and texts

Tania Veliskou
Tania Veliskou
Museologist

Tania Veliskou studied History and Archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, receiving scholarships from the Tsagada Legacy Fund for her performance in the programmes of Folklore and Social Anthropology. With a scholarship from the “Maria Heimariou” Foundation, she undertook postgraduate specialisation studies in Museology at the Department of Museum Studies of the University of Leicester, U.K.

She has participated in research programmes at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki on the documentation and management of costume collections, as well as in folklore research in situ in Northern Greece. She works as a curator at the Museum of the History of the Greek Costume of Lykeion ton Ellinidon, primarily on museological research, museography design and the curation of thematic exhibitions. She is a member of the Hellenic Costume Society.

Collaborators

Teti Hatzinikolaou
Teti Hatzinikolaou
Scientific Consultant of the Museum

Teti Hatzinikolaou was born in Athens. She studied at the School of Philosophy of the University of Athens, earning degrees in Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies and in History and Archaeology. She undertook graduate specialisations at the University of Rome (History of Medieval and Modern Art) and the Free University of Brussels (Art and Culture). She earned a graduate degree in History (DEA) from the University of Sorbonne. 
She worked at the Ministry of Culture and served as Director of Modern Cultural   Heritage (1997-2011).
She is a founding member and President of the Hellenic National Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM).

Zoi Kona
Zoi Kona
Conservation – Mounting of Exhibits

Zoi Kona is a conservator of antiquities and works of art and holds an MSc in cultural management. She specializes in conservation, mounting, display and storage of textile objects. She worked in the Greek Ministry of Culture during 2006-2015 and since 2016 she works as a freelancer. Zoi has collaborated with various public and private museums and cultural institutes.

Penny Saccopoulou - Valtazanou
Penny Saccopoulou - Valtazanou
Translation

Penny Saccopoulou-Valtazanou is a graduate of the School of Philosophy of the University of Athens and has attended a graduate programme of studies in French-Language African Literature at Iowa State University, USA.  She has translated texts for Ikaros Publishing and Lycabettus Press, for the Greek national broadcaster ERT, etc.  She has worked as a Consultant at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), for the Greek Presidency of the European Union in 2003 as well as in the Organisation of the Olympic Games “Athena 2004”.  She served as a teacher in secondary education and, for fifteen years, at the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, as Head of the Aesthetic Education Department. She is currently the Ephor of National Costumes and a member of the Administrative Council of the Lykeion ton Ellinidon, as well as a member of the Committees for the rating of films at the Ministry of Culture and Sports.  

Other contributors

Creation of the exhibition logo

Yannoula Banassiou

Exhibit photography

Studio Kominis

Administrative support

Hara Dendia

An additional group of contributors is mentioned in each thematic unit.

Thanks to

the Presidency of the Hellenic Republic and the Presidential Guard
for the loan of the Dress Uniform of the Evzon soldier
the National Historical Museum
for the permission to use archival and photographic material
the Benaki Museum
for the permission to use material from the Collection of Paintings Drawings and Prints
the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation
for granting of and permission to use clothing and archival documentation
the Ethnological and Folklore Museum of Chrisso
for the loan of artifacts
the Theophilos Museum, Vareia, Lasvos
for the permission to use material from the collection of paintings by Theophilos
the Greek National Opera
for the loan of clothing documentation
the National Theatre of Northern Greece
for the permission to use visual and audio documentation from the Performances Archive
the “Dionysios Solomos Friends of Music” Association
for the loan of the “Dionysios Solomos” Philharmonic uniform
“Lucy Bratzioti” Publishing
for the permission to use published archival material
“VERGOS AUCTIONS”
for permission to videotape-photograph a “live” auction
Daes London Insurance Market
for insuring the exhibits
The Program in Detail

The Zalongo Dance. Words have their own history.

Marilena Aligizaki

05/02
2021

Under the name of Sacred Band. The “perfect analogue” in three acts.

Mary Thivaiou

12/02
2021

Simulacra. The Ladies of the Court.

Maria Kotsou

19/02
2021

Digital “appearances” of Theodoros Kolokotronis. #helmet.

Iro Vouvoueli

26/02
2021

Acumen

Aggeliki Bozou

05/03
2021

18.21m². The war in the salons.

Phygital exhibition (12/03/2021 - 31/12/2021)
12/03
2021

Fustanela or Tailcoat? Quick Responses (QRs).

Phygital exhibition (19/03/2021 - 31/12/2021)
19/03
2021

One piece of cloth - an “invented” emblem.

Maria Varela

26/03
2021

Bloomers. Short stories of women’s fashion.

Alexandra Anagnostopoulou

02/04
2021

passage

Elektra Stampoulou

09/04
2021

Neither, none, not, or the whimsical weaving of a myth.

Aggeliki Bozou

16/04
2021

Markobotsaris. 2+1 ways to tie a scarf.

Collective work
23/04
2021