Biography of Darren Almond
Darren Almond (United Kingdom, 1971) has devoted his artistic career to exploring notions of time and place, both within cultural and personal realms. Although the artist is based in London, his works of photography, film, and sculpture have brought him to remote and often hard to reach geographical locations across the globe.
Darren Almond’s most famous work to date is Fullmoons, a series of over 260 photographs of landscapes from every corner of the world; from the fields of the English countryside, to Japanese seaside villages, to the American Yosemite National Park. For this project, the artist shot scenes under full moons with a camera exposure of over fifteen minutes, producing beautifully lit and somewhat mystical depictions of these landscapes. This sense of beauty and mysticism reappears throughout the artist’s oeuvre. In 2006 Almond took his camera to the enchanting heights of the Tibetan Plateau. There he captured the high-speed train which connects Tibet to China—both a comment on China’s dominance in the region, and as the title of the work In The Between hints at, an anecdote to Buddhist notions of relativity and states of in between.
Darren Almond’s more personal, autobiographical projects include Traction and If I Had You. The former is a large scale, three-screen projection of the artist’s father who reveals the scars left on his body during his lifetime. The piece serves as a dark analysis of the passage of time in a man’s life. In If I Had You, the focus shifts to Almond’s grandmother who through her dejected posture and melancholic gaze, invites the viewer to examine his or her own mental and emotional processes.
Since 1988 Darren Almond has enjoyed a great number of solo and group shows across world renowned institutions, namely; The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Tate Britain in London, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Kunsthalle Zurich, and the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen (K21) in Dusseldorf among others. The artist has also taken part in numerous international Biennales including the Venice Biennale in 2003, and perhaps most notably was nominated in 2005 for the prestigious Turner Prize. Today his work can be found in many of the most prominent art collections in the world, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA in New York.