#3 Benjamin Jones & Ilektra Maipa

Exhibition 13 – 26 May 2022, Tuesday – Friday 4pm – 9pm, Saturday 2pm – 7pm.

Preview Thursday 12 May 2022

We are pleased to present the exhibition #3 Benjamin Jones and Ilektra Maipa. This is our third exhibition following a series of residences that have connected Greek and British artists over a period of virtual and then a physical residency in Thessaloniki.

This exhibition has developed out of a long form conversation that began in 2020. As with many things stalled by the pandemic, the project has been elongated, allowing Maipa and Jones both to move forward in their respective practices as well as to look back, exchanging ideas about and readings of old works and new. This exhibition condenses that conversation in pieces that question the relationship of the human body to landscape with regard to vulnerability, duration, traversing, and self-perception; as well as this, presenting botanical adaptations that invite reflections on behaviour and photographic translation. Across both practices, it is the nearly-visible that is perhaps most significant, and provides the space in which to think around the work; the double take and degrees of visual ambiguity raise questions as to how we recognise a particular subject, and how the material that is an image can be stretched to the edge of it’s meaning. 

This exhibition preview will take place on the evening of Thursday 12th May and will remain open to the public until 26th May.

Benjamin Jones (b. 1994 in Reading, GB) is an artist based in London (GB) who studied photography at Bath School of Art and Design (GB). He was a Styria-Artist-in-Residence in Graz (AT) during 2019 and a graduate fellow at Spike Island, Bristol (GB), from 2016–17. Further, he is participating in an ongoing project with Gonzo Unit, Thessaloniki (GR) which will lead to a residency in 2022. His practice uses analogue photographic processes to consider questions of perception across multiple strands of abstract and representational work. Recent projects include: Passive Aggressive (2021, 36 Gallery, Newcastle), Something, Like Nothing, Happens Anywhere (2021, Camera Austria, Graz), 4 frogs (2021, DUM projects space, Ljubljana, SI), Analogue Processes (2020, Antonini, Milan), Shades of Grey (2020, Galerie artepari, Graz), Glashaus (2019, Schaumbad – Freies Atelierhaus Graz). Jones’s work has recently been published in the magazine M-A (A Space Between), and the catalogue Glashaus. A conversation between the artist and Reinhard Braun entitled “Nothing, Like Something, Happens Anywhere” was presented on Camera Austria’s website in 2020. www.benjaminjonesstudio.com

Ilektra Maipa (1989) is a visual artist based in Thessaloniki, Greece. She studied Painting in the Department of Visual & Applied Arts at University of Western Macedonia and graduated with honors. She continued her studies at the Manchester School of Art, Metropolitan University of Manchester (MA Fine Art, Hons). Maipa works across a range of media, including drawings, digital collages, installations, and performances for camera and text. She has presented her work in various exhibitions in Greece and abroad: MATAROA Awards; Art Thessaloniki International Contemporary Art Fair (2021), Manchester Art Fair, UK (2019), the Brave New World project, K-Gold Gallery, Lesvos, Greece, with the support of NEON (2016), the exhibition Beyond the Borders/Visual March to Prespes; State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (2014), Physis at the Hellenic Foundation for Culture in Berlin, Germany (2013), and the Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean, Thessaloniki (2011), among others. She has received Mataroa Award for young artists in 5th Art Thessaloniki International Contemporary Art Fair (2021) and ARTWORKS Stavros Niarchos Foundation Artist Fellowship Award (2020). http://www.ilektramaipa.com/

View residency in progress: maipa-jones.hotglue.me