Photography Exhibition at the Embassy
A reception was held on 11 July to open a photography exhibition by Christos Koukelis. The exhibition contains Icelandic landscape photos and will last until 28 September. Viewing by appointment: please call 020 7259 3999.
Here is the official press release:
The Embassy of Iceland in London is pleased to present a new exhibition by Christos Koukelis. The project “Two degrees off the Arctic Circle” was created during September 2011 when the Association of Icelandic Visual Artists (SÍM) invited Christos to a month-long artist residency in Reykjavik. Starting from the capital he embarked on a 1400km (840 miles) journey around this unique island in the North-Atlantic where he encountered amazing sceneries shaped by volcanic eruptions and carved out by glaciers. Fascinated by the wilderness he encountered on this trip, Christos documented the adventure he had embarked on in thousands of still images. Iceland is a place where Europe meets America. In a quite literal, geological sense, it straddles two tectonic plates and is the only place in the world where the mid-Atlantic rift is visible above the surface of the ocean.
For this solo show at the Embassy of Iceland, Christos will present seven panoramic-sized large-scale photographs. Together with another thirty-five photographs of the series these images will also be presented in the form of a limited edition photo book, which will also be available for sale during the exhibition. Christos’ panoramic photos transport the viewer in front of the Icelandic landscape, mountains, geysers, volcanic craters, icebergs, glaciers and the Icelandic horizon which is eventually the horizon of our planet, something akin to the final frontier.
Christos Koukelis is a photographer based in London. He has exhibited his work in numerous group and solo exhibitions in the UK, Greece, Japan and the USA. The project and forthcoming exhibition are supported by the Arts Council England, the Association of Icelandic Visual Artists and the Embassy of Iceland in London.