In conversation: Mat Collishaw and Letizia Treves

Date and time

Friday 25 November, 6.30–7.30pm

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Mat Collishaw and Letizia Treves 


£7/£6 concession/ £5 Members

Contemporary artist Mat Collishaw makes no secret of his fascination with Caravaggio, in particular his interest in paintings such as Boy bitten by a Lizard. At the Galleria Borghese in Rome in 2014, Caravaggio’s paintings and Collishaw’s video art came together in direct dialogue.

In 'Black Mirror', Collishaw animated the reflections of Caravaggio’s paintings in Murano glass mirrors to reveal a glimmer of the scene being set up in Caravaggio’s studio. These works by Collishaw are, he says, "meditations on our fondness for contemplating images of mortality or death and the different ways of manipulating the viewer as they do this".

Join Letizia Treves, curator of Beyond Caravaggio, and Mat Collishaw as they reflect on the impact of Caravaggio’s paintings on Collishaw’s own work.

Mat Collishaw

Mat Collishaw (1966–) is a key figure in the important generation of British artists who emerged from Goldsmiths College in the late 1980s. He participated in 'Freeze' (1988) and since his first solo exhibition in 1990, has exhibited widely internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include 'Mat Collishaw, The New Art Gallery Walsall' (2015); 'In Camera', Library of Birmingham (2015); 'Black Mirror', Galleria Borghese, Rome (2014); 'This Is Not An Exit', Blain | Southern, London (2013); Bass Museum of Art, Florida (2013); Pino Pascali Museum Foundation, Bari (2013); 'Mat Collishaw: Afterimage', Arter, Istanbul (2013); and 'Magic Lantern' at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2010).

He has participated in many group exhibitions including 'About Caravaggio' (curated by Anna Imponente), Museo Tuscolano - Scuderie Aldobrandini, Frascati Rome 2012. Collishaw’s work is in several public collections including Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania; and Tate, London.

Image above: Mat Collishaw's work 'Black Mirror' in the Galleria Borghese, 2014 © The artist. Photo: Andrea Simi