Nikos Papangelis is a visual artist, born in Thessaloniki, currently based in Athens. He studied photography at Stereosis Photography School in Thessaloniki and has attended various seminars and workshops on photography. He also holds a BA in History, Archaeology, History of Art from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and an MA in Filmmaking (specialized in Cinematography) from Goldsmiths, University of London.
He is primarily interested in isolating certain details from his surroundings (often subtle traces of human activity), which, in being organically integrated into both urban and natural landscapes, reveal to him the luridly complex spirit of our time. Ceaselessly fascinated by the ubiquity of chance and the properties of light, he looks out for those ephemeral and wondrous qualities that inhabit the crevices of this world, in an effort to decode the human condition.
Daedalus (against walls)
“Perhaps the immobility of the things that surround us is forced upon them by our conviction that they are themselves, and not anything else, and by the immobility of our conceptions of them.”
Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time, Swann’s Way
Daedalus was imprisoned by King Minos in the Labyrinth that he himself had built by order of the king. Subsequently, however, the legendary architect managed to find an exit from the Labyrinth and flew away.
Daedalus (against walls) is a work in progress that yearns for an exit; in a constant dialogue with the deceptive nature of the image, it attempts to evoke conceptual and visual networks that invite a confrontation with persistent convictions and definitions.
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