Dr Nicholas Mangan

Mangan's practice is driven by the desire make sense of the world by unpacking histories and possible narratives that surround specific contested sites and objects. This investigation explores the unstable relationship between culture and nature, evidencing the flows of matter, energy and ideologies that are produced through the tension of these two realms. A tropical mine in a conflicted state whose local inhabitants used coconuts as fuel in their resistance, a strip-mined island-nation in bankruptcy that took refugees in return for payment from the Australian government, the island of stone money that exemplified money as a social technology, and a geological sample of the earth’s oldest crust have each lent material to this process of dissection and reconfiguration. By rerouting each of these stories, new forms and latent narratives are unearthed.

Recent Solo exhibitions include Termite Economies Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Australia (2018), Limits to Growth at Kunst Werke Berlin (2017),  IMA Brisbane and MUMA Melbourne (2016), Other Currents, Artspace Sydney (2015), Ancient Lights, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2015). Recent Group exhibitions include, Post-Nature—A Museum as an Ecosystem Taipei Biennial Taiwain (2018)74 million million million tons Sculpture Centre, Long Island City, New York, USA (2018), Manipulate the World, Mordern Museet Stockholm, Sweden (2017), 4.543 billion The Matter of Matter at CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, France (2017-2018), the 11th Gwangju Biennale The Eighth Climate, SeMA Mediacity Biennale, Neriri Kiruru Harara, Seoul (2016), Let's Talk About the Weather: Art and Ecology in a Time of Crisis, Sursock, Beirut 2016.

In 2018 Nicholas Mangan was awarded Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence by an Early Career Researcher (HASS). Mangan has been awarded numerous international residencies, including Recollets Artist Residency, Paris, in 2011 and the Australia Council's New York Green Street Residency in 2006. In 2007 he was a recipient of the Anne and Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship, resulting in postgraduate studies at Universität der Künste in Berlin, Germany.

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