The Fundació Sorigué presents Mat Collishaw. Dialogues, the artist's first solo exhibition in Spain. Situated in the Real Jardín Botánico, the exhibition explores two defining themes within Collishaw’s work: nature and art history. Charting the artist's practice across the last twenty years, the retrospective features works in a range of media, including film, photography, sculpture and installation, including seminal works; Albion (2017), Last Meal on Death Row, Texas (2011) and Seria Ludo (2016).
Inspired by its setting within the Royal Botanical Garden, the first half of the exhibition focuses on works that draw from nature. In his Insecticide series (2006-2014), butterflies are crushed and then enlarged to an exaggerated scale. The works capture the lifeless bodies of the insects, suspended in darkness and yet illuminated by the vibrant hues of their torn wings, appearing both beautiful and tragic.
The second part of the exhibition looks at how Collishaw mines and references myth and art history, often creating a contemporary dialogue with past masters to explore humanity’s dark side. Collishaw’s complex works are rooted in iconic images from art history, playing with cultural references to transform them into metaphors for contemporary society. All Things Fall (2014) is based on the Biblical story of The Massacre of the Innocents, combining old technology in the form of a zoetrope with modern 3D printing. As the zoetrope spins, the optical illusion engages and seduces the viewer before they fully realise they are complicit in a scene of genocide.
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