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Craigie Horsfield


Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1949. Lives and works in London and New York.


English photographer, sound artist and filmmaker. He lived from 1972 to 1979 in Poland, spending two of those years studying graphics at the Academy of Science. His subsequent work articulated his socialist beliefs, often through black-and-white photographs of his friends in Krakow, Poland, or the East End of London; his large photographs were always unique rather than editional prints, stressing their physical identity as handmade objects. His work often deals with the problems of a mythologizing interpretation of history and highlights the contingency and specificity of the present. In the mid-1990s he worked on a photographic project in Barcelona to describe the experiences and identities of individuals living in communities. From 1996, following his involvement in the Barcelona project, his range of mediums radically broadened to include architecture, theatre, film and music. He also acted as the Artistic Director of the Monts des Arts project, which co-ordinated a variety of arts organisations in Brussels from June to August 2000. Craigie Horsfield regularly participates in international exhibitions in major institutions and has recently completed a number of solo projects in Jeu de Paume (Paris, 2006), Centro de Arte Moderna – Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian (Lisbon, 2006), Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney, 2007), Museo di Capodimonte, (Naples, 2008); he was invited to documenta X and XI (Kassel, 1997 and 2002) and the Whitney Biennial (New York, 2004). In 1996 Craigie Horsfield was nominated for the Turner Prize.

see also
June 24—August 31, 1989
Another objectivity

Photography, Contemporary Art