Rituals For Our Safety

4th – 22nd March

Blitz resident artist Nikolas Ventourakis presents his work as a culmination of his residency in Valletta. A multidisciplinary exhibition combining photography, projections and installation of new works created during the month long residency.

Rituals for our Safety is an exhibition that deals with notions of safety; of how opposite and contradictory visions of safe spaces are part of contemporary political discourse and end up being a matter of belief.

The topics in the exhibition vary from personal rituals that we create to make ourselves feel safe – such as the kid tucking its feet inside the duvet so that the edges are not exposed, or a person with fear of flying making sure that he or she is not awake to experience the flight – to wider reactions of states and societies towards perceived dangers that lead to events like the the recent Muslim Ban in the USA and the proposal for the construction of a Border Wall, or the suppression of sexuality.

Rituals for our Safety considers local contemporary and historical notions of safety and refuge, the history of Malta as very much intertwined with the arrival of the Knights and the use of the island as a sanctuary, together with a constant colonisation and exchange of the dominant power. A discussion focusing on the prevailing narrative about “Keeping us Safe / for our Safety” that is hammered into us by politicians and institutions, as well as large portions of the population, is welcomed and pursued.

About Nikolas Ventourakis

Nikolas Ventourakis is a visual artist living and working between Athens, Greece and London, UK. His photographic practice fuses fine art and documentation, and relies on the manifested misconceptions and assumptions created by the interaction between viewer and artwork. In 2013 he completed an MA in Photography, with Merit, at Central Saint Martins School of Arts (2013) and was the recipient of the Deutsche Bank Award in Photography. He was selected for Future Map (2013), Catlin Guide (2014) and Fresh Faced Wild Eyed (2014) in the Photographers Gallery as one of the top graduating artists in the UK. In 2015 he was a visiting artist at CalArts with a FULBRIGHT Artist Fellowship and was shortlisted for the BMW Niépce Award and the Bar-Tur Award.

Recently he has exhibited in Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Portugal, Germany and the UK. He is one of the fellows selected by the New Museum, NY for IDEAS CITY and currently is exhibiting in Belfast,UK as part of the MAC International shortlist award.

Exhibition opening hours:
Tuesday to Saturday: 10am – 3pm

*please note the gallery will be closed on Friday 10th March due to a private function*

Image: Nikolas Ventourakis, screen capture from HD video – Supreme Cruises