Today my friend Erasmia and I visited the photography exhibition of Nikos Vavdinoudis at Evripidis Art Gallery at Kolonaki. Faces + Masks is a photographic series from Greek artist Nikos Vavdinoudis which features the costumes of eight villages in rural Northern Greece and the obscure but fascinating rituals associated with them.
The practices of these villages, known for their animalistic costumes, supposedly dates to ancient Greek Dionysian celebrations. Dionysus is, amongst other things, the god of resurrection having died and been reborn three days later. This ancient festival is celebrated during the Christian holiday of Epiphany and the Baptism of Christ. The subsummation of ancient or pagan festivals into newer religious ones is a practice adopted by many religions. It allows the dialogue between the ancient past and the present to remain virtually unbroken.
Personally, I loved the masks the costumes it brought out to me something savage.. I was hypnotized by their eyes and the way they looked at you.