Faithkeepres (greek: φύλακες της πίστης) is a project that aims to highlight the influence of religion in our spiritual culture, as well as the impact religion has in our social and architectural environment. It does that, by revealing the significance and uniqueness of elements that got related to spirituality (more specifically, to the Christian Orthodox religion in the greek culture). ​
Chapels (greek: εξωκλήσια) are a fundamental element of the greek culture and scenery. They are characterised by their simplicity, special smell and dimmed atmosphere. Once a year, the faithful people gather in celebration of the Saint the chapel is dedicated to, also the name day of the people named after them. They started to be built already since the spread of the Christian religion and continue until this day (most of them were built during the Ottoman years, though some are even older). The reasons of their construction vary, as does their history.
In this collection of black-and-white images, Vergozisi photographs, during the period April - June 2021, thirty two (32) chapels located in the area of the villages Miliés, Vyzítsa, Pinakátes, Korópi and the smaller ones Argyreïka, Stavrodrómi and Agios Athanásios, all located in Pelion, Greece. It is this very nostalgic energy chapels carry, which attracted Louisa from the beginning, as well as their diversity; some small, humble and hidden and some big and proud, they can be found in every corner of the country. "Chapels are unique spaces, where you feel the impact and importance of our spiritual culture, whether you believe in God or not” she says.  Each picture captures the character of every building, in relation to its environment and the monochromatic tone highlights, among other things, the contrast of shadow and light.   
The idea behind this collection of photographs, along with the other works of the exhibition, is based on the relationship between art, religion and philosophy and seeks the point where these three meet each other, a topic that has concerned Vergozisi the past three years. At last, this exhibition also contributes in the preservation and presentation of the cultural heritage the villages of Pelion have to offer; a place that has been a big source of inspiration for a lot of people.
Agios Nikolaos o geros / Άγιος Νικόλαος ο γέρος
Agios Nikolaos o geros / Άγιος Νικόλαος ο γέρος
Ton Trion Ieararchon/ Των Τριών Ιεραρχών
Ton Trion Ieararchon/ Των Τριών Ιεραρχών
Agia Paraskevi / Αγία Παρασκευή
Agia Paraskevi / Αγία Παρασκευή
Agios Dimitrios / 'Αγιος Δημήτριος
Agios Dimitrios / 'Αγιος Δημήτριος
Profitis Ilias / Προφήτης Ηλίας
Profitis Ilias / Προφήτης Ηλίας
Agios Athanasios en Atho / 'Αγιος Αθανάσιος εν Άθω
Agios Athanasios en Atho / 'Αγιος Αθανάσιος εν Άθω
Taksiarchis / Ταξιάρχης
Taksiarchis / Ταξιάρχης
Agia Kyriaki / Αγία Κυριακή
Agia Kyriaki / Αγία Κυριακή
From the exhibition of the Faithkeepers in Miliés, Pelion, GR.
August 2021
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https://www.taxydromos.gr/Politismos/414496-empneysh-apo-to-phlio.html

https://www.taxydromos.gr/Politismos/414937-fylakes-ths-pisths.html






SPECIAL THANKS to

Yiorgos Papakostas, Polly Vlachou, Dimitris Vernikos, Vaggelis Vergozisis, Katerina Nikou, Melpo Vardaki, Erica Gutenschwager, Yiannis Tsanaklidis and the priests Kostas and Yiorgos.
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