the perplexities of beginning *, 2021
This embroidery is a replica of a stamp worth 4 drachmas, which was published on the 1st of April 1930 and depicts the two phases of the Greek Deliverance: 1890 and 1930. Its publication was part of the production of a commemorative series of the centenary of Independence and printed in the English printing houses Bradbury Wilkinson & Co και Perkins, Bacon & Co.
The whole series of the commemorative stamps consists of the following 19 depictions of representations and heroic figures of the Greek Revolution: R. Feraios, Patriarch Gregory V, Al. Ypsilantis, Ath. Diakos, L. Bouboulina, K. Kanaris, T. Kolokotronis, G. Karaiskakis, M. Botsaris, A. Miaoulis, L. Kountouriotis, I. Kapodistrias, P. Mavromichalis, D. Solomos, A. Korais, Map of Greece, Agia Lavra, the Siege
Stamps have a great potential for dissemination, they are used as tools for intercultual exchange and diplomacy. This work becomes the means of exploring an introspective reflection on concepts such as revolution, independence, national and individual identity, historicity and historical memory.
* The phrase is included in a book by Hannah Arendt (Arendt, Hannah, and Jonathan Schell. On Revolution. Penguin Classics, 2006.)
Photos by Lea Petrou.
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