Nikolas Ventourakis at Benaki Museum and CAN gallery
15 jun 2016 by art:i:curate team
Nikolas Ventourakis participates in two group exhibitions Sites of Memory exhibition at the Benaki Museum and in America at CAN Christina Androulidaki gallery in Athens.
Inspired by French philosopher Jean Baudrillard's text Amerique that describes America as the only realised utopia, gallery owner and curator Christina Androulidaki presents the exhibition America.
As part of the Athens Photo Festival 2016, the exhibition includes six young and established Greek photographers who present their own version of America with images captured from the 90's until today.
Participating artists: Panos Kokkinias, Yiorgos Kordakis, Dimitra Lazaridou, Antonis Theodoridis, Nikolas Ventourakis, Yiorgis Yerolymbos.
Nikolas Ventourakis, 442, 2016, photography, 75 x 100 cm, edition 5+2 AP, courtesy of CAN Gallery.
In addition, Ventourakis is part of Sites of Memory, a group exhibition curated by Penelope Petsini. The exhibition explores the notion of history, memory and their discussion in a social context.
The participating contemporary Greek photographers address the subject of collective historical memory as well as its ambivalent coexistence with oblivion. This happens by whether recording contemporary sites, in which dramatic events of Greek history have taken place, or focusing on people and personal narratives to demonstrate that memory should be conceived as a mode of representation belonging ever more to the present.
Participating artists: Artemis Alcalay, Fani Bitou, Io Chaviara, Petros Efstathiadis, Pavlos Fysakis, Stergios Karavatos, Victor Koen, Nikos Markou, Fotis Milionis, Nikos Panayotopoulos, Avraam Pavlidis, Paris Petridis, Simos Saltiel, John Stathatos, Nikolas Ventourakis, Pasqua Vorgia.
Nikolas Ventourakis, Untitled (Singles III: Pledge I), 2016, 180 x 144 cm, photography, courtesy of the artist.
On the occasion of these exhibitions, Nikolas Ventourakis presents a new series of works. The central point in Ventourakis’ photographic work is the denial of a resolution and an invitation to consider artworks that might have a documentary value as abstract creations of situations onto which we project what is recognisable and familiar to us. Ventourakis’ fascination lies in our need for stories to be conclusive. He is interested in apparent, simple pictures that cannot and do not explain a given situation.
The exhibitions run until July 30 and 31, 2016 respectively.
Nikolas Ventourakis has also been selected as an artist in residence at the ISSP Residency programme in Latvia.
Nikolas Ventourakis, The green room II, 2016, photography, 80 x 100 cm, edition of 5, courtesy of the artist.
Nikolas Ventourakis is a London-based artist. He holds a MA in Photography from Central Saint Martins - University of the Arts London, London (2013). He is the recipient of the Deutsche Bank Award in Photography in 2013 and a Celeste Prize finalist of the same year. He was a visiting artist and Fulbright artist fellow at the California Institute of the Arts (2014/15). In 2014, he exhibited at the Photographer’s Gallery in London as part of the exhibition 'Fresh Faced Wild Eyed'.
Last August, Nikolas Ventourakis' Motocross and Radars was one of the first works to be successfully funded through the art:i:curate art crowd funding platform. Find out more about how to become a co-producer.
All images courtesy of the artist and CAN gallery.