Nikolas Ventourakis shortlisted for MAC International Ulster Bank Prize 2016
07 sep 2016 by art:i:curate team
Nikolas Ventouraki's series 'Defining Lines' has been shortlisted for the second year of the MAC International Ulster Bank Prize, the biggest contemporary art prize in Ireland and one of the most significant prizes in the UK.
'Defining Lines' is a project focused on the areas in and around the Western Sovereign Base Area of Akrotiri 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. There are no border barriers, no custom posts between most of the Area lands and the Republic. Normal civilian day to day life takes place along the peninsula and right next to and inside the border. Using modern technology and such devices as iPhones and services like Google Maps the border becomes apparent and real. These borders are open and separate the land at all times.
MAC galleries will showcase the work of all shortlisted artists from 27 October 2016 until 19 February 2017. The winner of the prize will be announced on the exhibition opening day.
Nikolas Ventourakis, Motocross and Radars, 2014, C-type print, 152 x 122 cm, edition of 3.
In addition to this, Nikolas was one of the three selected artists invited to a three-week residency organised by ISSP in Kuldīga, one of the most charming towns in Latvia and a UNESCO National Cultural Heritage site. He is producing a new body of work entitled 'Παράδεισος' (Paradise in greek) that will be exhibited in Latvia in 2017.
Nikolas Ventourakis, Untitled, 2016, Παράδεισος series, work in progress.
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. Nikolas was one of the visiting artists 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.