Nikolas Ventourakis Featured In The British Journal Of Photography
14 oct 2015 by art:i:curate team
Reflecting upon the notions of territory and the invisible borderlines the photographic project 'Defining lines – Borderlands' focuses on the areas in and around the Western Sovereign Base Area of Akrotiri, a British-controlled military site on the island of Cyprus. The Area, which is one of the two British Sovereign Territories created in 1960, is autonomous and has as head of the state the British Monarch.
'I'm attracted to the abstract concept of border, which is arbitratry in every sense. There are no border barriers or custom posts between the SBA lands and the Republic. Normal civilian day to day life takes place along the peninsula and right next to and inside the border. It is hard to tell if you have crossed into UK land. Using modern technology and such devices as iPhones and services like Google Maps the border becomes apparent and real. These borders are open at all times. They separate the land at all times.'
Nikolas' photographic work is currently on show at CAN Gallery in Athens as part of the group exhibition 'KENOPHOBIA'. The exhibition which brings together more than 100 artworks by emerging and mid-career artists offering a panorama of contemporary art production. The title KENOPHOBIA meaning fear of emptiness or empty space refers to the Horror Vacui style of installation which is covering the walls of the gallery with works. The exhibited artworks are not special commissions but have been carefully selected to represent the artists' signature style and originate from their main body of their work.
The exhibition will run between the 13th of October and will last until the 14th of November 2015.
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'.
Nikolas Ventourakis, Leaving Utopia 01, 2013, c-type print, 121 x 101 cm, edition of 5, courtesy of the artist.
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