The Road To Elysium art exhibition, London

I'd never profess to being a big art lover,  never mind an expert,  but I do greatly value a pleasing aesthetic.  And as I  adore the idea of living beautifully, The Road To Elysium exhibition by fine art photography gallery HEIST, was right up my street.

The art space is located quite unassumingly, in a residential property in the heart of Notting Hill. As we walked up some very dusty carpeted stairs to attend a private viewing of the exhibition,  I held on to high expectations.

After all, to call your exhibition The Road To Elysium,  you are promising a lot. 

In Greek mythology,  Elysium, also called the Elysian fields, is the dwelling place of the blessed after death - a state or place of perfect bliss. 


The exhibition which focuses on pieces that encompass variations upon this idea of utopia, states in their promotional literature that they have taken inspiration from The Aeneid by Virgil, an epic poem of love and war in similar vein to Homer's The Iliad: 

"In no fix’d place the happy souls reside. In groves we live, and lie on mossy beds, By crystal streams, that murmur thro’ the meads: But pass yon easy hill, and thence descend; The path conducts you to your journey’s end.” 

This said, he led them up the mountain’s brow, And shews them all the shining fields below. They wind the hill, and thro’ the blissful meadows go.

Virgil, Aeneid (6.641)

Mashael Al Rushaid, founder of Heist and co- curator alongside director Tyrone Wood, told me:  “With this exhibition we aim to use striking photography and immersive installations to transport you to a utopian world, rejecting the violence, conflict and injustices of our own."

If you're a lover of fine art photography, then the Road to Elysium is an absolute must. 

For me the standout pieces are by Iranian born artist Amanda Charchian.  The exhibition also features work from fine art photographers including AES+F, Richard Mosse, Laurent Badessi, Kim Keever, Aaron Hobson, Madame Peripetie, and Liu Ren. 

The exhibition is on now until 12th January.  For more info go to HEIST 

43 Linden Gardens


W2 4H 

Tel: 020 72210963

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