Rich in symbolism and spiritual iconography, Haris Nukem‘s latest series blurs the past and present to take a “crucial” look at modern culture.
Entitled Faith, his photographs explore the meaning of ‘faith’ in today’s “always switched on” world and touch upon pressing concerns such as hedonism, online trolls, tribalism, social media, fame, and the fragility of public services.
Each theatrical image features his muses (up-and-coming musicians, models, artists, creatives and friends), all portrayed as icons – biblical, historical, royal, mythological – but within a contemporary setting.
You can see Nukem’s new body of work at the Maddox Gallery in Mayfair, London this September. The immersive show, called Faith, creatively blends themes of romanticism and materialism, softness and strength, glamour and retribution, heroes and gods. “In our increasingly secular world, ‘faith’ is an exploration of the pockets in which to place our beliefs,” explains Nukem.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Nukem has studied the human spirit in the 21st century. A creative child, self-taught in various mediums, it was whilst developing a small fashion company that he discovered his passion for photography and developed his unique style.
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.
Faith opens at Mayfair’s Maddox Gallery on 6 September.