Photography exhibition

Ελευθερία ή θάνατος!/Freedom or Death!

The grave of Greek revolutionary leader Theodoros Kolokotronis at the First Cemetery in Athens.

Ελευθερία ή θάνατος! (Eleutheria e thanatos) ‘Freedom or death’. The motto that inspired the Greeks during the revolutionary wars. The revolutionary wars were fought from 1821-1830.

Today, Greeks world wide are celebrating the 200 year anniversary of Greek independence. In the 15th century the Ottoman empire invaded Greece, and as a result Greeks lots their identity, their human rights and became enslaved peoples on their own land. They were not allowed to bear arms, or own horses. Harsh taxes were imposed on the people of Greece who spent most of their days in the fields working to pay off the taxes. There were no schools, no education. As a result Greeks fell behind western Europe which was prospering, and developing at a rapid rate. Four centuries later the uprising in Greece finally took hold, and with very little help from other European nations, Greeks freed themselves from the shackles of the Ottoman Empire. After many years of trials and tribulations, after the revolution and in recent times, Greece-Ellas- has now become a beacon of light to the world as it once was.

“The Greek Revolution of 1821 as a pivotal chapter in Greek history and a piece in the puzzle of world history. “

La Grèce sur les ruines de Missolonghi‘by Eugène Delacroix. French painters like Delacroix were inspired by the Greek revolution.

A stunning and moving video with photographs of reenactments of the Greeks who lived and fought during the revolutionary war. Photographer Elias Pergantis did an incredible and difficult job as it took him four years and extensive traveling all over Greece to put this together.

Χαίρε, ω χαίρε ελευθεριά! Ζήτω η Ελλάς!!