Black Mirror

Black Mirror is the catalogue of British artist Mat Collishaw’s namesake exhibition at Galleria Borghese (8 October 2014 − 11 January 2015). It is a photographic documentation of his work on display, in which Collishaw uses a highly technical visual language to stage a reflection that plays on the relationship between the work, the public, and the setting.

The exhibition consists of three multimedia works displayed on freestanding structures inspired by the paintings of Caravaggio (“San Gerolamo”, “Madonna dei Palafrenieri” and “Davide con la testa di Golia”). Within large black frames made from Murano glass, images appear and disappear on a screen that functions simultaneously as a mirror, in which the viewer is reflected. Also on display is Collishaw’s spectacular zoetrope inspired by “La strage degli innocenti” paintings.

The works are meditations on our fondness for contemplating images of mortality or death, and the different ways of manipulating viewer experience. Collishaw searches for a sensational engagement of the spectator taking advantage of the visual and sensitive possibilities given by 3D representation.

Black Mirror is part of the program called Contemporary Assignments, a project created in conjunction with the British Council as part of The Great Shows series at Galleria Borghese with the aim to complement the experience of viewing the collection’s masterpieces by incorporating the interventions of contemporary artists.

ISBN: 978-88-97503-49-1
Format: 33 x 25 cm
Pages: 84
Language: Ita./Eng.
Edition of 500 copies
Year: 2015

Texts by: Anna Coliva, Valentina Ciarallo, Mat Collishaw, Andrew Graham-Dixon

Published by NERO