Rene Matić in conversation with Linsey Young  

Thursday 30 June 2022

Rene Matić was in conversation with Linsey Young, Tate curator of Contemporary British Art and Lead curator of Turner Prize, to celebrate the second of House of Voltaire’s unique presentations, soul time.

soul time takes its name from the 1966 Northern Soul song by Shirley Ellis – a title that has since been used as an idiom to describe practices of self-preservation and prayer.

Using the abundant milieu of the 1960s soul scene, Matić uses the poetics and aesthetics of soul as tools of salvation and redemption; to deliver one from dystopia to utopia through subcultural practice. Matić uses subculture as a kind of ‘attainable afro-futurism’ where one can create spaces of breakage and glitch in real time – in soul time.

Read more about the immersive installation here.

  1. Rene Matić (b. 1997, Peterborough) lives and works in London. Their work brings together themes of post-blackness, glitch feminism and subcultural theory in a meeting place they describe as rude(ness) – to interrupt and exist in/between.

    Recent solo exhibitions include in spite of, instead of, Quench Gallery, Margate, UK (2022), flags for countries that don’t exist but bodies that do, Arcadia Missa, London, UK (2021), Born British Die British, VITRINE Gallery, London, UK (2021).

    Recent group exhibitions include Queerdirect, Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK (2022); Arcadia, Bold Tendencies, London, UK (2021); Bloomberg New Contemporaries, South London Gallery, London, UK (2021) and Friends and Friends of Friends, Schlossmuseum, Linz, AT (2020).

    Matić’s work is in several prominent collections including Tate, London, UK; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, FR; UK Government Art Collection, London, UK; Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol, UK.

  2. Linsey Young has held the position of Curator of British Contemporary Art at Tate Britain since 2016. In this role she has delivered commissions with artists such as Pablo Bronstein, Rachel Whiteread and Anthea Hamilton and was lead curator of the Turner Prize in 2016 and 2018. In 2019 she commissioned and curated Charlotte Prodger’s presentation at the Venice Biennale and is currently working on a major exhibition and publication project at Tate Britain exploring the art and the women’s movement in the United Kingdom between 1970 and 1988.

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