Catalogue bringing together documentation on key projects by Nicholas Mangan along with a newly commissioned work investigating monetary currencies. Featuring an in-depth series of conversations between the artist and the Barcelona-based curatorial collective Latitudes, and essays by Ana Teixeira Pinto and Helen Hughes, this publication is richly illustrated with documentation of Mangan's artworks and historical source material.
This publication accompanies Australian multidisciplinary artist Nicholas Mangan's survey exhibition “Limits to Growth.” The exhibition and book bring together four of Mangan's most significant works of the past seven years, alongside a new commission. The works in the show tackle narratives from his own geographical region—Asia Pacific, in which his home country of Australia plays a colonial role—and weaves them into a bigger picture to take into account the global economy, resource extraction, and the ultimate power of the sun.
Published on the occasion of the eponymous touring exhibition at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (from October 29 to December 18, 2016); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (from June 2, to August 13, 2017); and Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne (from July 20 to September 17, 2016).
Alert to both history and science, Nicholas Mangan (born 1979, Geelong, Victoria, lives and works in Melbourne) is a multi-disciplinary artist known for interrogating narratives embedded in a diverse range of objects. With a keen interest in the processes of forming meaning from objects, culture and natural phenomena, Mangan creates unnerving drawings, montages, sculptures and installations. His work addresses a wide range of themes, including the ongoing impacts of colonialism, humanity's fraught relationship with the natural environment, contemporary consumptive cultures and the complex dynamics of the global political economy.
Mangan completed a two year studio residency at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, in 2002. He has been awarded numerous international residencies, including Recollets Artist Residency, Paris, 2011 and Australia Council's New York Green Street Residency, 2006. In 2007 he was a recipient of the Anne and Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship, resulting in post graduate studies at Universität der Künste in Berlin, Germany.
Edited by Aileen Burns, Charlotte Day, Krist Gruijthuijsen, Johan Lundh.
Texts by Helen Hughes and Ana Teixeira Pinto, interview with Nicholas Mangan by Max Andrews and Mariana Cánepa Luna (Latitudes).