Statement

Rene Matić (b. 1997, Peterborough) is an artist currently working in London. Their work explores the immeasurable dimensions of Blackness through the lens of their own personal experiences as a queer, Black womxn living in the diaspora. In doing so, Matić aims to expose, combat and question the power relations that pervade the art world and society more widely.

Matić’s current work predominantly explores the Skinhead movement, its founding as a multicultural marriage between West Indian and white working class culture and its subsequent co-option by far right white supremacists. They use this as a metaphor to examine their own experience of living in the Black British diaspora and also to excavate white jealousy, the continued legacy of colonialism and the fear of a Black planet - all things which find convergence within and upon their mixed race identity.

Working across painting, sculpture, film, photography and textile, Matić’s work attempts to bring to light (or dark) the fated conflicts and contradictions that one encounters while navigating the world in a body like their own.

Education

BA Fine Art, Central St Martins, 2017 - 2020 

Performance

2020 And Mum, Rile Space, Brussels

2019  Urban Space and Queer Subcultures, Autograph ABP, London

2018 How to Sleep Faster, Arcadia Missa, London

Publications

2019 Interjection Calender, Montez Press

2019 How to Avoid Being Attacked, self published

2019 Body Politić, Shades of Noir

2018 How to Sleep Faster, Arcadia Missa 

2018 Crack magazine X Fred Perry Zine 

2018 Polyester Issue 8

Shows

2020 we give a lead to britain (solo), digital exhibition, Arcadia Missa curated by Rozsa Farkas 

2019 Lesbiennale, 4:3, digital exhibition, curated by Nadine Ahmed and Naeem Davis

2019 BBZ Alternative Graduate Show, Copeland Gallery, London, curated by Deborah Joyce Holman

2019 G.U.T.S, Ugly Duck Gallery, London, curated by Ellie Pennick

2019 In Memory of Naomi Hersi, Atrium Gallery, London, curated by Chad Ndebele and Maria João Tralhão Dolan.

2018 Baby Look After Yourself (Solo), Protein Studios, London, curated by Maggie Matić

2018 LDN WMN, The Black Cultural Archives, London, curated by Tate Collective

2018 My Chain Hits My Chest, Attic Space, Nottingham, curated by Agil Abdullayev

2018 Life and Death, Cloud and Horse, London, curated by Ione Gamble

2018 Feeling Pink Like My Insides, Hume Gallery, Chicago, curated by Ken Folk

2017 Riot! Riot! Riot!, Protein Gallery, London, curated by Sophia Tassew

2017 If We're Going to Heal Let it Be Glorious, The Royal Standard, Liverpool, curated by Black Blossoms

2016 Mrs September, The White Pube, digital residency