You might have noticed that 1821 is a sacred date for Greeks. Even more so this year, as the country puts aside its pandemic pains to celebrate the two-hundred year anniversary of freedom from Ottoman rule.
Among the army of artists to wade in with their creative paeans to independence is Jannis Psychopedis. His colour-crazed exhibition, “Heroes of 21”, was born of the long months of lockdown and “triggered into being by thoughts and contemplations of the Greek Revolution of 1821” (so says the artist). Austere prints and engravings of freedom fighters and Philhellenic figures such as Lord Byron are given the Warhol treatment under Pyschopedis’ masterful chisel and paintbrush; casting these patriotic idols into a jolting contemporaneousness.