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RPS Awards Talks... Mat Collishaw

Event info

In this on-going series of 'in conversations' hear from leading individuals talk about how they use photography as artists, scientists, educators, publishers and curators. All our speakers are recent RPS Award recipients who have been recognised for their contribution to the medium. 

All talks and links to recordings (where available) in the series can be seen here: https://rps.org/awardstalks

Mat Collishaw HonFRPS (b. 1966) is a key figure in the generation of British artists who emerged from Goldsmiths’ College in the late 1980s. He participated in Freeze (1988) and since his first solo exhibition in 1990 has exhibited widely internationally. Collishaw makes work that envelops the viewer in a twilight world poised between the alluring and the revolting, the familiar and the shocking, the poetic and the morbid. With a visual language that embraces diverse media, the beauty of Collishaw’s work is compelling – seductive, captivating, hypnotic – yet repelling as we perceive the darker fantasies within. A repulsion triggered not by what we see, but by our innate response to it. Something between beautiful and abject.

Selected recent solo exhibitions include Dialogues, Sorigue Foundation, Madrid (2019); The Grinders Cease, Blain Southern, Berlin (2019); The Nerve Rack, Ushaw College Durham (2019); The Mask of Youth, Queens House, Greenwich, London (2019); Standing Water, Rudolfinum, Prague (2018); Thresholds, Somerset House, London (2017); The Centrifugal Soul, Blain Southern, London (2017); New Art Gallery Walsall (2016); Black Mirror, Galleria Borghese, Rome (2014), This Is Not An Exit, Blain|Southern, London (2013), Bass Museum of Art, Florida (2013); Pino Pascali Museum Foundation, Bari (2013); Mat Collishaw: Afterimage, Arter, Istanbul (2013) and Magic Lantern at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2010). 

Mat's talk will be followed by a public Q+A. Questions will be taken by Zoom chat or can be emailed in advance. Your Zoom link will be sent in PDF with your booking confirmation. 

All talks and links to recordings (where available) in the series can be seen here: https://rps.org/awardstalks


© Mat Collishaw.

Event Organiser

Jo Macdonald


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This is an online event. The RPS will do its best to ensure that it keeps to the published timings and runs as planned. In the unlikely event that the event has to be cancelled all participants will be advised by email at the earliest opportunity.  No responsibility will be accepted for any consequential losses.



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