1 Nov 2017 - 30 Apr 2018
Ben Nathan is the fifth artist to be taking part in the Artist Dis-Placement project at ZK/U. He is visiting the TSR metal recycling company in Berlin for six months.
Through his project the Artist aims to gain an understanding into the recycling process of ferrous, household scrap and other more valuable types of metal. He is interested in the specialist processes and machinery used to transform the variety of metal that comes into the plant with a particular interest in the informal resource recovery or waste picker. It is the Artist’s method to gather this information through conversations, drawings, photos and videos made whilst on site. The work produced will be shared with site workers at TSR and those who deliver and dispatch material from the scrapyard.
Ben Nathan works across different media, from painting and photography to film and sculpture.Explorations in the urban infrastructure act as a catalyst to question the changing nature of our citiesenvironment. The works are also a way of documenting the evolution of urban change. Recent workshave focused on experiences investigating the UK power generating industry.Ben Nathan studied at The Slade School of Fine Art and the Royal Drawing School. He has recentlycompleted the LCN programme at SPACE (2017). Exhibitions include [K-reɪ- t], 43 Inverness Street(2015), Pyeong Chang Biennale, South Korea (2015), East London Painting Prize (2014) and Structure,43 Inverness Street (2013). He also has made a series of site-specific installation in public spaces inLondon and abroad. Awards and residencies include SeMA Nanji Residency, Seoul Museum of Art(2014), Educational Scholarship, AJA (2013) and IJAYA, The Ben Uri Gallery (2012). In 2015 he wascommissioned to produce a large-scale mural for Picturehouse Cinemas Ltd, Crouch End. Later thisyear he will be Artist in Residence at ZK/U, Center for Art and Urban Studies in Berlin.