Portalis was an exhibition presenting six artists’ concepts of the cave, reflecting on personal experiences, memories and associations. The exhibition spanned five portal themes: inner self, transformation, spirituality, the underworld and adventure.
In many cultures and traditions, caves are portals to the underworld, places of mystery and discovery - sacred places to explore and connect the inner self to the earth. Cave thresholds symbolise the unknown, the mysterious and the mystical.
This exhibition is the result of a long-running annual collaboration between Nottingham Contemporary and Nottingham Trent University. Post and Undergraduate students join their disciplines of Fine Art, Interior Architecture, Photography and Graphic Design to research, produce and document a new exhibition. For 2022-23, students responded to the exhibition Hollow Earth: Art, Caves and The Subterranean Imaginary.
Anna A. Curston - Artist
Lily Ford - Artist
Mahta Hedayat - Artist
Nada Khartabil - Artist
Anthonia Ndukauba - Artist
Lucy Nelson - Artist
Raluca Popa - Graphic Designer
Sze Wan - Graphic Designer
Laure-Amélie Guy - Interior Architect
Sandra Mbula Nzioki - Interior Architect
Marwa Ali – Photographer
Thanks to our partner Nottingham Trent University.
Photos: Marwa Ali and Raluca Popa