The notion of the public domain as a political forum will be the focal point of the 13th Istanbul Biennial. This highly contested concept will serve as a matrix to generate ideas and forms on other controversial subjects such as: civilization and barbarism; democracy; spatio-economic justice; and the role of contemporary art.
Nicholas Mangan will be presenting his work A World Undone, which is an eponymous film that captures crushed geological matter from Jack Hills in airborne flux. Fulya Erdemci, curator of the 13th Istanbul Biennial believes that this work unfolds the Biennial’s main focus.
Nicholas Mangan was born in Geelong, Victoria in 1979. He currently lives and works in Melbourne. Mangan completed a two year studio residency at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, in 2001 and 2002. He has also been awarded numerous international residencies, including Recollets Artist Residency, Paris, in 2011 and the Australia Council's New York Green Street Residency in 2006. In 2007, he was a recipient of the Anne and Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship, resulting in post graduate studies at Universität der Künste in Berlin, Germany.
Alert to both history and science, Nicholas Mangan is a multi-disciplinary artist known for interrogating narratives embedded in a diverse range of objects. With a keen interest in the processes of forming meaning from objects, culture and natural phenomena, Mangan creates unnerving drawings, montages, sculptures and installations.
Mangan has exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally. His last major body of work, Some Kinds of Duration 2011, was presented at Artspace, Sydney, in 2011 and the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, in 2012.