Mat Collishaw was one of the ten selected artists that featured in Contemporary Assignments, a project created in conjunction with the British Council as part of The Great Shows series at Galleria Borghese. The ten exhibitions aimed to complement the experience of viewing the collection’s masterpieces by incorporating the interventions of contemporary artists.

Collishaw presented four works, including three video pieces inspired by the paintings of Caravaggio, alongside one of his celebrated zoetropes, which has been inspired by The Massacre of the Innocents paintings.

“The three works based on the Caravaggio paintings attempt to reflect a glimmer of the scene set up in his studio. The lowly figures who have been asked to adopt a pose and stand with a few props are transformed into religious icons. These paintings are paradoxical because the models used are relatively mundane and humble, yet the composition and the lighting invests them with an almost supernatural aura.” Mat Collishaw

Other participating artists included in the British Council's project were Alberto Giacometti, Giulio Paolini, Hans Op de Beeck, Candida Höfer, Vedovamazzei, Nedko Solakov, and Georg Baselitz.

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Mat Collishaw

Mat Collishaw