After a two-and-a-half-year hiatus due to COVID, the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago has finally reopened, and a new photography exhibit is one of the gems of the revived museum.
The “Resilience” exhibition features works by Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark, who happens to be a relative of the late Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.
The prince created a photographic mosaic printed on 272 credit cards. The cards are made from recycled ocean plastic debris and the artwork was inspired by a World Wide Fund for Nature study, which found that humans consume an average of five grams of plastic per week.
It is the equivalent of the weight of a credit card.
“It’s a way of emphasizing the fact that there’s too much plastic in the world,” Nikolaos said.
The new exhibition of photographs from the Hellenic National Museum features several images, photographs that have been printed on aluminum, immersed in water and then re-photographed. This is the prince’s way of illustrating Greece’s strong relationship with nature and the preservation of the environment.
“It’s about the Greek landscape, but it’s also about the broader themes of resilience and the natural world and something that everyone can relate to,” said museum executive director Marianne Kountoures.
A group of students from the Hellenic American Academy had the chance to view the exhibit before it opened to the public.
“I think it’s important because it’s different,” said eighth-grade student John Fournier. “You don’t really see this art every day. It’s quite unique. I liked watching it. “
Nikolaos is the godson and cousin of King Charles III. He was promoting the exhibition when he learned of Queen Elizabeth’s death last week.
“It’s always very sad to see all the pictures and to have all the memories, but it’s time to celebrate all the good she’s done,” he said.
“Resilience” at the Hellenic National Museum opens Friday and will run until December 30.