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Matt White - The Open College of the Arts

Matt White

Lens based media have been at the heart of my practice for twenty years. During that time I have utilised the photographic medium to investigate and communicate a number of experiential ideas.

Often acting as the protagonist of my own work, I devise working processes that force an element of isolation to explore how personal and moral conflicts are sited within a wider socio-political landscape. These tasks, or experiments, become the impetus for new works that pose questions about the nature of belief and the way in which the mind can be manipulated.

The work that has resulted from this research methodology has been shown in galleries both in the UK and abroad including, Spike Island, Bristol; EFA Project Space, New York; SMART Project Space, Amsterdam; Bergen Kunsthall, Nprway; Focal Point Gallery, Essex; Total Kunst Gallery, Edinburgh; Unit 2 Gallery, London.

My first degree was in Fine Art (Intermedia) at Kingston University before receiving an MA in Fine Art from the University of Wales, Cardiff. I have been a University lecturer since 1995 and over that time have taught at various levels from BTEC to MA at a number of institutions including, Kingston University, Chelsea School of Art, Oxford Brookes University and the University of the West of England. I am currently a senior lecturer in Photography at the University of South Wales.

My work as an educator extends from a genuine interest in the ever shifting language that surrounds the creation, manipulation and dissemination of the photographic image. I very much enjoy the dialogue between my students, their work and the context that it inhabits towards the furthering of our collective knowledge.

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