Insecurity, Christopher Stewart

My photographic and moving image based work has been concerned with hierarchies of vision, surveillance and contested territories. Previous work includes Insecurity (1995-2005) which examined the global phenomenon of privatized global security, utilizing this modern hyper-industry as a metaphor for analyzing global insecurity. Subsequent projects have included Kill House (2005), a photographic navigation through a US based military structure used for the training of private military personnel prior to deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan and Super Border (2008) – photographs taken along the route of the newly opened 300 million euro External Integrated Vigilance System on the southern Andalucian coast in Spain. I also have a collaborative practice with Mohini Chandra (Chandra+Stewart) and together we are working on a number of projects in the Asia-Pacific region including Dark Pacific Sun.

I studied photography and moving image at the Polytechnic of Central London and at WSCAD Farnham and since graduating from the Royal College of Art I have taken part in over forty solo and group exhibitions  including at Fotomuseum Winterthur, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television in Bradford and the Whitechapel Gallery in London. Recent group and solo exhibitions include The History of Now, F/STOP Fotografie Festival Leipzig (2012); Something That I’ll Never Really See, a Victoria & Albert Museum Collection touring exhibition; and Darkside II, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2009). I have work included in a number of survey publications including in The Photograph as Contemporary Art, Thames and Hudson World of Art Series (ed. Charlotte Cotton 2004, 2009, 2014); 100 European Photographers, Exit Madrid (2014); The Critical Dictionary, Black Dog, London (2011); and Michael Langford’s Basic Photography, Focal Press (2009). My photographs are held in public and private collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum’s permanent collection in London and the Martin Z. Margulies collection in the USA.  I am represented by Gimpel Fils in London

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