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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Kostas Balafas : The resistance movement in Epirus, 1940-1944 (Benaki Museum)

Kostas Balafas is one of the leading Greek exponents of humanist photography in the post-war period.
The part of his oeuvre dedicated to ordinary working-class people and, particularly, to the inhabitants of isolated villages in Epirus, has been repeatedly publicised over the past 20 years through exhibitions and publications.
As he personally enlisted in the 85th Regiment of ELAS in 1945, he recorded on camera the struggle of the people of Epirus against the invaders, well aware that he was recording historical moments for future generations. Using film stock that fell from the sky - literally, as it fell off an Italian bomber – he recorded villages destroyed, the plotting involved in the start of an armed struggle, the marches and battles of the resistance fighters, mourning mothers, as well as celebrations on the liberation of Ioannina.

All this material remained hidden for 31 years under the wooden floor of a house in Ioannina. In 1991, the photographer himself edited and paid for the publication of the book Kostas Balafas. Antartiko – Guerrilla Warfare in Epirus, Black-and-white photographs 1940-1944. The exhibition presents the photographic series depicting Resistance in Epirus, which is held at the Benaki Museum, along with the rest of his oeuvre.

 To mark the exhibition, on February 27, 2011, there will be a one-day conference on: Photography during the Resistance years. Greece, 1941-1944.
Duration11/02/2011 - 30/04/2011

PlaceAthens, Greece
Benaki Museum
Pireos Street Annexe

OrganizationBenaki Museum

Pireos St. AnnexeWednesday, Thursday, Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00
Friday, Saturday: 10:00 - 22:00

Monday, Thursday: 10:00 - 18:00
Friday: 12:00 - 17:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 15:00

Closed on Monday, Tuesday and the following holidays: March 25th, May 1st, August 15th, October 28th, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, New Year's Day, Epiphany, Easter Day, Easter Monday, Clean Monday, Holy Spirit Day.
Also closed in August.

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