Online studio visit

INSIDE THE STUDIO LIVE - Nikolas Ventourakis In Conversation with Shoair Mavlian

09 Mar 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


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An exclusive on-line conversation between Greek photographer Nikolas Ventourakis and Shoair Mavlian, Director of Photoworks, discussing the artist’s latest body of work, ‘BRDG’, being shown for the first time.

Join us for this online event – a conversation between Nikolas Ventourakis and Shoair Mavlian – discussing  the artist’s latest body of work, ‘BRDG’, shown here for the first time, and his wider practice. 

‘BRDG’  constists of photographs of the iconic 6th Street Viaduct in Los Angeles. The artist captured these images just before its destruction. The viaduct bridge connects the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles with the Boyle Heights neighbourhood. Its destruction is severely impacting the local community. The 6th Street Viaduct is immortalised in countless films, photographs and books, including ‘Grease’. Ventourakis continues this exploration of the memory of the place through these photographs, so familiar yet no longer in existence.

The artist took the photographs in this series while in Los Angeles for his Fulbright Scholarship in 2014. This series is one of 5 photographic projects relating to his time in the city, including ‘La Petite Morte Americaine’ and Motel’. 

There is an opportunity to ask questions during the talk.

Untitled (Hair Dryer 2)

Nikolas Ventourakis

Untitled (Hair Dryer 2)

Fibre Based B&W Print, 2021

20.32 x 25.04 cm

This event is on ZOOM. We will share details of how to join on the day of the talk.

About the speakers:

Nikolas Ventourakis

Nikolas Ventourakis received a MA Photography from Central Saint Martins, London, following his BA from TEI, Athens. Importantly, he was Visiting Artist at the California Institute of Arts, as well as the recipient of the FULBRIGHT Artist Fellowship (2014/15). His awards also include winning the Deutsche Bank Award in Photography 2013; Fellowship – Niarchos Foundation (2020) and Finalist of the Celeste Prize (2013). Solo and group shows include ‘The Same River Twice’, Deste Foundation with New Museum at the Benaki Museum, Athens; ‘Young Greek Photographers’, Thessaloniki Museum of Photography; ‘Hors Piste 14’, Centre Pompidou, Paris; Tirana Biennale; The Photographer’s Gallery, London, as well as 3rd Industrial Biennale, Istrai, Croatia.

Shoair Mavlian

Shoair Mavlian is the director of Photoworks, Brighton where she oversees the annual Jerwood/Photoworks Awards, Photoworks Annual and the Brighton Photo Biennial, as well as expanding the opportunities for photographers. Prior to that, she was Assistant Curator of Photography and International Art at Tate Modern, where she curated ʻThe Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collectionʼ (2016) and ‘Conflict, Time, Photography’ (2014), and she co-curated ʻShape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Artʼ (2018), amongst others. Moreover, recent independent curatorial projects include ʻDon McCullin: Looking Beyond the Edgeʼ at Les Rencontres dʼArles in 2016 and ‘In Flux’ exhibited at Getxo Photo 2017 and Kanellopoulos Cultural Centre, Greece in 2015. Importantly, she has published writing regularly in magazines. Recent publications focus on Catherine Wagner and Ursula Schulz-Dornburg.