Michael Forbes

Resident Artist
STUDIO B5

www.michaelforbes.org.uk/

Forbes work is a physical manifestation of his cultural experience and history – he is informed by political and social histories of Africa, Caribbean, America and Europe – and how these histories are shaping the 21st century, in-terms of power, wealth, poverty, education and migration.

Forbes art practice includes photography, painting and sculptural installations. His work explores his individual and cultural existence and its relationship to history… and is influenced by the interwining / parallel relationship between Europe and Africa and its impact on world history and contemporary life.

Appropriating images and objects help him discuss areas of interest, such as diversity and difference, whilst acknowledging history for all its foibles and achievements.

The Black Diaspora plays an important part in his thinking in relation to social / political issues around education, intellectual poverty, race, masculinity, exclusion, and wealth – which manifest itself in a range of his work.

Forbes has been working on a number of photographic projects over many years, and would like to develop these, into exhibitions and book formats, including Carnival… beyond the glitz of the parade. This work draws on the tradition of the African masquerade and the 16th Century European Carnevale, which came together in the Caribbean and evolved further in the UK, with particular focus on events surrounding the sound systems.​

In American Roadscapes (work in progress), Forbes documents urban American landscapes. This work has been developed in a range of American cities to date, including New York, Philadelphia and Santa Fe. Forbes, as an outsider is fascinated by the visual saturation and noise of the American landscape, which includes cars, people, buildings, oversized advertising boards and signage.

Forbes is great fan of museums in different cities, particularly those that reflect the history of that region. He also looks at a lot of contemporary work and exhibitions, and likes the process of being presented with new ideas, in a visually engaging way – He relishes the thought of being shocked by new work, that he would have no perception of that; process, style or conversation existed prior to seeing the work.

Exhibitions [Selected]
2018
- Reformation – Guest Project. Group show – Nadim Chaudry, Michael Forbes, Barbara Walker
- Diaspora Pavilion I Venice to Wolverhampton – Wolverhampton Art Gallery

2017
Venice – Diaspora Platform – Internation Curators Forum, at Palazzo Santa Marina

2016
- Nottingham Castle Open – Winner of the Nottingham Castle purchse prize
- Untitled, Harley Gallery, Welbeck Estate, Nottinghamshire

2015
Acquistion, Quad, Derby

2014
Since 1843: In the Making, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham

2012
- Opem 2, The Collection Lincoln
- Next Generation: Contemporary American Photography, Pasinger Fabrik Amerika Haus, Munich
- CPT:Time, History and Memory, Gallatin Galleries, New York

2011
- Metropolitan Wonderland, ISCP, New York
- Souls Of The Diaspora, ISCP, New York

2010
Because I Can, Nottingham

2008
Next We Change Earth, The New Art Exchange, Nottingham

2007
The Redemptive Beauty Of Life After Death, The Bonington Gallery, Nottingham

2006
- When Men And Mountain Meet, Gallery One, Zagreb
- Mostyn 2006 Open Exhibition, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno

2003
- Celebration Of Death, Photo Club Zagreb, Zagreb
- Drawing With Light Festival, Waterstones, Nottingham
- Shot In JA, Picture House Centre for Photography, Leicester
- Celebration Of Death, Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana

2002
There Is No Redemption, The Bonington Gallery, Nottingham

2001
- International Print Competition, The Royal Photographic Society, Bath
- Celebration Of Death, The Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Nottingham

2000
Black, The Gallery, Stratford-upon-Avon

1997
Recontres Internationales De La Photographie, Arles, France
Curatorial Projects
2019 – 2021
Sculpture Now (it’s all a metaphor), London, Amsterdam and Venice

2012
Untitled, Primary, Nottingham

2010
- Because I Can, ‘Pop Up’ found space, Nottingham
- Inconsistency Of Everything, Harminder Singh Judge, New Art Exchange, Nottingham

2009
Strength Of Feeling, Sokari Douglas Camp, New Art Exchange, Nottingham

2008
- Next We Change Earth, The New Art Exchange, Nottingham
- Once Upon A Time In The West There Was Lace, Godfried Donkor, Yard Gallery, Nottingham

2007
The Redemptive Beauty Of Life After Death, The Bonington Gallery, Nottingham

2002
There Is No Redemption, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham

2001
Blood Babies, Cryprien Tokoudagba & Elshaday Berhane, The Art Exchange, Nottingham

2000
- Urban Recreation, Andrew Wright, The Art Exchange, Nottingham
- Straight Jacket For The Soul, David Brouet, The Art Exchange, Nottingham
- Fixation, Johannes Phokela, The Art Exchange, Nottingham

1999
Slave To Champ, Godfried Donkor, The Art Exchange, Nottingham

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