The family gathered for the opening of Nikolaos' photo exhibition, "Aegean Desert", in Athens
Having studied the connection between the desert of Qatar and the Aegean Sea, Prince Nikolaos created two experiential installations in Athens and Doha, in which pictures from the Qatari desert and photographs of the Aegean Sea will be exhibited side by side. These works underline the beauty and the individual character of variegated landscapes, while in some of them, their distinguishing features, sand and water, are fused to produce playful illusions. Based on local architecture and enriched by traditional music, the installations accentuate the cultural dialogue through art. Besides, the interaction between themes, media and stimuli is the key concept in the Prince Nikolaos’s work. In a world where visual representations are prevalent, the artist attempts an interactive play with the visitors and urges them to see, listen and feel and thus participate in the creative activity.
The Qatari desert was captured by the lens of Prince Nikolaos while he was visiting Doha as a guest of Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, one of the most significant figures in the field of art worldwide. In Athens, the photographs will be exhibited in a Bedouin tent (bait al shaar) designed especially for this event at the courtyard of the Benaki Museum of Islamic Art. Additionally in Doha, the photographs will be shown in a traditional windmill of the Aegean Sea, which will be erected in the Katara Cultural Village.