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THE NATIONAL HELLENIC MUSEUM ANNOUNCES NEWEST EXHIBIT – LIVES AFLOAT – REPRESENTING THE GREEK REFUGEE CRISIS OPENING JUNE 2018

The National Hellenic Museum (NHM), 333 S. Halsted St., introduces its newest exhibition Lives Afloat: The Greek Refugee Crisis through the Lens of Tasos Markou 2015-2017 open Thursday, June 21, 2018 through spring 2019.


This photographic exhibition portrays the realities facing refugees as they arrived in Greece at the height of the Greek Refugee Crisis.To compose the Lives Afloat exhibition, the NHM exhibition team utilized evidence-based reports and data from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and imagery of photographer Tasos Markou. Markou, born in 1983 in Larisas, Greece, studied photography at the Diek Voluou Public Vocational Training Institute. In 2015, he traveled to the island of Lesvos to cover the refugee crisis. His photographs capture some of these journeys — the difficulties of sea crossings, the living conditions in camps, and the boundaries encountered, particularly at the northern border of Greece.


The NHM’s Lives Afloat exhibition shows a perspective of the Greek refugee crisis over a three-year period in three sections, Arrivals, Waiting, and Borders, to illustrate the experience through powerful photographs."I decided it wasn't enough to just be a good person. You have to act. Lesvos changed me. It would change anyone who comes here,” said Tasos Markou.

World Refugee Day is recognized on June 20th every year. This exhibition will open to the public on June 21st 2018. On June 23rd the photographer, Tasos Markou, will present a program at the Museum about his efforts to aid refugees in Greece.


“It is so important for the National Hellenic Museum to be telling the story of the Greek Refugee Crisis with our own exhibition,” said Laura Calamos Nasir, Ph.D, National Hellenic Museum President. “It is crucial for the National Hellenic Museum to address recent history and portray the effects the crisis has had on so many. Using photos to tell the real story of a crisis impacting the Greek community, and indeed millions of lives, we aim to encourage people to learn more by seeking good sources of information, to gain more perspective and to develop a greater understanding of what is happening in the world, whether in the past or in current events. Visitors are invited to consider ways to get involved by learning more about the impact of nonprofit organizations and how effectively they directly impact peoples’ lives.”



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