Nicholas Mangan

Alert to both history and science, Nicholas Mangan is a multi-disciplinary artist known for unearthing and interrogating narratives embedded in objects, times and places. Through a practice bridging drawing, sculpture, film and installation, Mangan creates politically astute and disconcerting assemblages that address some of the most galvanizing issues of our time; the ongoing impacts of colonialism, humanity’s fraught relationship with the natural environment and the complex and evolving dynamics of the global political economy.

Select solo exhibitions: A World Undone, Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Sydney, 2024; Core-Coralations (Death Assemblages), Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2023; Termite Economies: Phase 3, Labor, Mexico City, 2020; Termite Economies: Neural Nodes and Root Causes, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2020; Termite Economies, Perth Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), Perth, 2019; Limits to Growth, Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), Melbourne, Institute of Modern Art (IMA), Brisbane, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Dowse Art Museum, New Zealand, 2016–17; Brilliant Errors, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2016; Other Currents, Artspace, Sydney, 2015; Ancient Lights, Chisenhale Gallery, London, 2015; Progress in Action, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2013; Some Kinds of Duration, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 2012; Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2009; Misplaced/Displayed Mass – A1 Southwest Stone, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, 2008, The Mutant Message, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2006.

Select group exhibitions: underfoot, Te Uru Waitkere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland, 2024; Cosmos Cinema, 14th Shanghai Biennale, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, 2023; The Recent, Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, 2023; Beneath the Surface, Behind the Scenes, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 2023; Postscript of Silence, Ming Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai, 2023; Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2023; wiggling together, falling apart, Michael Lett, Auckland New Zealand, 2022; Still Life, Buxton Contemporary, Melbourne, 2022; MCA Collection: Perspectives on place, Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Sydney, 2022; A Biography of Daphne, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne, 2021; A World Undone, Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, 2018; Let’s Talk About the Weather: Art and Ecology in A Time of Crisis, Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou, 2018; 74 million million million tons, SculptureCenter, New York, 2018; The National 2017: new Australian art, AGNSW, Sydney, 2017; 4.543 BILLION. The Matter of matter, CAPC, Bordeaux, 2017; The Eighth Climate (What does art do?), Gwangju Biennale, GwangjuSeMA Mediacity Biennale, Seoul, 2016; Riddle of the Burial Grounds, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, 2015; Surround Audience, New Museum Triennial, New York, 2015; Concrete, Tophane-i Amire Culture, Arts Center Mimar Sinan Fine Art University Istanbul, Turkey, 2015; Art in the Age of…, Witte de With, Rotterdam, 2015; Anthropocene Moment, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse.

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[Mangan] distills in to poetic form some of the most pressing issues of our day and situates them in a nearly unfathomable astrological time.

Aileen Burns, Charlotte Day, Krist Gruijthuijsen, Johan Lundh, 2016
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