Diego Valente

Location: London
Website: www.cargocollective.com/diegovalente
Bio:

My practice unearths the repressed permeability of unstable yet prized constructs, such as rationality and consciousness, exploring the process and drive behind the production of the work of art.

Drawing on a wide range of sources from Christian mysticism to Buddhism, spiritualism to Science, my work attempts to question belief systems, examining resonances, parallels and intersections between these different structures.

Working in a meditative way, I draw upon and respond to the properties of different materials, such as felt, copper, lead, gold, crystals, plants and found objects. Central to my practice is our relationship to seeing, truth, knowledge and perception. The photographic thus becomes a central focus, in which our biological eye and neuro-scientific sensory system of light perception are drawn upon and explored within a poetic framework. The flash-gun pulsing as lightning, the hovering unfixed after image as memory trails are incorporated into performances, filmic works and installations.

Exhibitions:

2015 The Kitchen Gallery #1, Conventional Kitchen on an East London Council Estate, London (Founder)
2015 Offprint London, Tate Modern Turbine Hall, London (Curator)
2015 London Pinhole Festival, Doomed Gallery, London
2015 Sat Kartar, Impossibly Playful, Tate Britain, London
2014 Cultural Machines, The Nursery Gallery, London
2013 UNBOUND, Embassy Tea Gallery, London
2013 BOUND, Book Launch, The Blacksmith & The Toffee Maker, London
2012 Bright Sparks, London College of Communication, London
2011 Best of Foundation, London College of Communication, UAL, London