Nikolas Ventourakis Featured In Concrete Matters
11 mar 2016 by art:i:curate team
art:i:curate artist Nikolas Ventourakis is featured in the group exhibition 'Concrete Matters' at Bank Space Gallery in London.
Employing the concept of ‘psychogeography’, 'Concrete Matters' delves into the bond existing between the human mind and its surrounding environment. The exhibition explores the mutually shaping processes of urban space and human identity through photography, mixed media, sculpture, performance and site-specific works.
In 1955, the French theorist Guy Debord defined psychogeography as "the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organised or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals." The unpacking of this definition functions as the starting point for this exhibition.
The geographical environment is here understood as a built, physical urban space, of which the gallery space forms an integral part. The emotions and behavior of individuals are considered to be key elements of their identity. Moreover, it is believed that this notion does not only concern individuals, but also communities. Consequently, the geographic environment affects human conditions, but human presence also shapes and organises the space. 'Concrete Matters' seeks to understand and interpret these mutually shaping processes of urban space and human identity.
The relationship between physical urban spaces and communities involved is a theme deliberately chosen in light of Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University and its impending move out of Aldgate. 'Concrete Matters' employs the Bank Space Gallery as an archetype for physical urban structures that are left with traces of human identity from community interaction. By also exploring the effects on a community through its use of a space, the exhibition mirrors the position in which the Bank Space Gallery itself resides. The artists featured in the show attest to the ever-growing relevance of psychogeography in the way they each address the issues of the relocation of identities through spatial configurations.
Connected by a shared interest in the reflexivity of society and urban structures, this group exhibition features ten national and international artists each presenting their own of this relationship.
On the occasion of the exhibition, Nikolas Ventourakis presents two works from his award winning photographic series, entitled 'Leaving Utopia'. Billboard I and Hole in the Ground ask the viewers to question their own relationship with the urban landscape.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 exhibition is curated by the first year students of the MA Curating the Contemporary from the London Metropolitan University and the Whitechapel Gallery.
Participating artists: Victoria Adam, Jessie Brennan, Anna Fafaliou, Şakir Gökçebağ, Lolo Hjtyu Tuyuyu, Lucy Joyce, Georgia Metaxas, Nina Pappa, Emma Papworth, Nikolas Ventourakis, Ben Woodeson
The exhibition will run until the 19th of March 2016.
Nikolas Ventourakis, Billboard I, 2013, c-type print, edition of 5, 50 x 60 cm, 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 is currently a visiting artist and Fulbright artist fellow at the California Institute of the Arts (2014/15). In 2014, he was exhibited at the Photographer’s Gallery in London as part of the exhibition 'Fresh Faced Wild Eyed'.
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