Artist’s Talk: Hetain Patel

05.03.2024

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Art Exchange

admission free

Join us for a talk by artist Hetain Patel, who will expand on ideas and themes explored in his work on show at Art Exchange.

Hetain Patel will be in conversation with Dr Matthew Bowman and together they will delve deeper into the insights and thinking behind his extraordinary work.

The talk will be followed by Q&A and the conversations can continue informally at our drinks reception.

Admission free – all welcome.

Biogs

 

Hetain Patel’s practice explores the subtle and often humorous complexities of life, and identity formation has been central to his concerns since the beginning of his career. His work has been shown worldwide in galleries, theatres and iconic public screens including Piccadilly Circus, London and Times Square, New York. His video and performance work online have been watched by over 50 million times, including his TED Talk entitled ‘Who Am I? Think Again’.

Patel is represented by Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, is a supported artist at Copperfield, London. He is winner of the Jarman Award (2019), Kino Der Kunst Festival Best International Film (2020), and was selected for the British Art Show 9, (2021/22). In 2021 Patel received a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award, a Henry Moore Foundation Award, declined a British Empire Medal and was a judge on the Sky TV Arts series ‘Landmark’. Recent projects include ‘Don’t Look at the Finger’, Tate St Ives (2023), ‘Finding Family’, Foundling Museum, London (2023), and Milk, Wellcome Collection, London (2023) and Hobby Cave with Artangel, London (2024 and ongoing).

Hetain Patel’s practice explores the subtle and often humorous complexities of life. Identity formation has been central to his concerns since the beginning of his career, more recently this idea has been viewed through the lenses of imitation, language and physical movement. Increasingly Hetain’s work is populated by characters – both real and fictional – in relation to which the artist juxtaposes himself in moments of elision and dissonance. He has won a number of awards, including the Jarman Award (2019) and the Best International Film, Kino Der Kunst, Munich (2020) and recent projects include ‘Don’t Look at the Finger’, Tate St Ives (UK), ‘Finding Family’, Foundling Museum, London (UK), and Milk, Wellcome Collection, London (UK).

Matthew Bowman lectures in fine art at the University of Suffolk and has published extensively in numerous periodicals, including regularly writing for ‘Art Monthly’. This has recently included a feature article entitled ‘Mirror, Mirror’ and guest speaker on their radio show. He has also recently completed an essay titled ‘American-Type Art Criticism’ for the Journal of Art Histiography, and was invited to lecture at a prestigious conference dedicated to the influential writings of Hubert Damish at the Circulo de Bellas Artes de Madrid, Spain.

Find out more about Matthew Bowman here.