Heartfelt City

A presentation of photographs by Nikolaos Akritidis
Curated by Anna Spyropoulos
Art Direction by Adriana López Martín

Opening: Monday 6 December 6-9pm
Exhibition open from 11am to 7pm from 7-11 December
Finissage (Reading event): Saturday 11 December 6-9pm

Join us at hARTslane Gallery for Heartfelt City, a presentation of photographs by Nikolaos Akritidis open from 7-11 December. Since arriving to London in 2015 at the age of 17, his artistic practice has evolved alongside the discovery of the urban landscape. During this time, he has built a photographic archive that charts a deep appreciation for the city and the encounters it provokes.
The selection presented at hARTslane Gallery captures the beauty of mundane experiences in late 2010’s London up to the pandemic and Fall 2021. The three photographic series displayed touch upon the themes of cultural memory, critical heritage studies, and urban ecology, recording life during a period of great political, technological, and social change for the city. This is the first solo presentation of his artistic output to date, after participating in group exhibitions in the UK, and Italy.
The exhibition maps the last six years, documenting subject matter that is both personal; loved ones and significant moments, along with the impersonal; London as a city in constant political and social flux, a metropolis with an ever-evolving concrete visage. The images presented in this exhibition disregard chronology and are displayed by theme and feeling, yet a clear arc emerges tracing a nascent photographical eye into an aware approach to image-making over time. It is an exhibition through which a resolute practice and persistence towards capturing memory bears fruit – a love-letter to London, where one is struck by the genuine optimism and joy found in experiences of the city.

Nikolaos Akritidis (b. 1997, Brussels, Belgium) is a Greek artist and curator working in London, Brussels, and Athens. His work documents urban contexts, the cultural memory carried by their inhabitants, and the histories found between layers of the built environment. With a focus on urban ecology and experiences of migration, Akritidis traces the coexistence of human and more-than-human lives that give breath to the city’s constant state of becoming. A graduate of Goldsmiths and UCL, his photographs have been published in Art & Music, and British Vogue, while he has recently participated in projects in partnership with the UCL Urban Lab (Online), Deptford X (London), and a.topos gallery (Venice).

This exhibition is generously supported by Bayeux, Varylab, and the Exhibitions Hub at Goldsmiths, University of London


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