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Maddox Gallery opens an exhibition of works by London-based photographer Haris Nukem
Haris Nukem, Hero-Life. Archival C-Type, Reverse Dibond and Perspex Mounted. Edition of 3 plus 2 AP, 160 x 109 cm.

LONDON.- Drawing on Nukem’s captivation with spiritual iconography, Faith imaginatively blurs the past and present to create a new visual and mythic narrative. Rich in symbolism and theatricality, Nukem’s photographs convey a crucial comment on modern culture.

Touching upon pressing concerns such as hedonism, online trolls, tribalism, social media, fame, and the fragility of public services, the series explores the concept of moral and spiritual conviction and what the meaning of ‘faith’ signifies in the interconnected world we live in today.

Mixing the romantic sumptuousness of classical imagery with a socially conscious, urban aesthetic, Nukem’s muses (up-and-coming musicians, models, artists, creatives and friends) are portrayed as a range of icons - biblical, historical, royal, mythological – all within a contemporary setting.

Reframing our idea of “righteousness,” this immersive exhibition creatively juxtaposes themes of romanticism and materialism, softness and strength, glamour and retribution, heroes and gods. Nukem says: “In our increasingly secular world, “faith” is an exploration of the pockets in which to place our beliefs.”Having carved out his career on his own terms independently, Nukem’s recent signing to Maddox Gallery marks a significant moment in the photographer’s career trajectory. Set to become a household name, the thirty-year old is one of the most imaginative and evocative photographers to emerge in recent years.

Taking place at Maddox Gallery Mayfair, Faith is comprised of 21 large-scale works, which have been situated over two floors in the gallery’s beautiful Victorian townhouse location.

Haris Nukem’s work is a passionate study of the human spirit in the 21st century.
A creative child, self-taught in various mediums, it was whilst developing a small fashion company that Nukem discovered his passion for photography and never looked back. Having shot covers for a vast range of publications including Mixmag, Beautiful Bizarre, Noctis and Lowdown, in 2017 Nukem directed Firetrap’s A/W TV campaign. He has also shot campaigns for BOY London, Selfridges, Twisted Tailor, Without Prejudice, ADYN and Glitterbox.

Nukem has worked closely with a number of record labels and artists including Defected Records, Good Soldier, Warner Music, Universal, IAMDDB, Dennis Sulta, Jordan Stephens and Badass B. In 2019, he directed a campaign for Visit Britain that focuses on the benefits of living in London for young creatives. Formerly creative director to English Rock Band The Hunna, Nukem was recently enlisted to direct their upcoming music video.

Nukem’s works are now contained in numerous private collections around the world including various celebrities.

Nukem lives and works in North London.

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