Neville Starling

Neville Starling is a self-taught, interdisciplinary artist, born 1988 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe where he maintains a secondary darkroom and studio for larger works.

Motivated by his father’s windows of changed personality due to Alzheimer’s disease, Starling deconstructs time’s relationship with memory both individually and collectively. He examines courses of normalisation and change, the connection between future thinking and a past, the processes of forced and chosen memories as well as the interplay of reality and perception with memory, and how these are interwoven within the continuum of identity.

Starling is currently representing Zimbabwe at the 58th Venice Biennale, May You Live In Interesting Times, 2019. The artist’s first solo exhibition, Rest Until, 2016, was held at The National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo. His recent group exhibitions include: I had a dream, 2019, curated by Simon Njami, held at the Africa Center, New York City, U.S.A.; Lost and Found: Expectations, Uncertainty, Excitement and Hope, 2018 curated by Raphael Chikukwa at The National Gallery of Zimbabwe; the 51st edition of the Zimbabwe Annual Art Exhibition, Blood Relatives, 2018, curated by Raphael Chikukwa at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. Starling finished runner-up in the first Zimbabwean PPC Imaginarium Awards in 2018.

Although Starling amalgamates various mediums and disciplines into his works, he has reached an in-depth understanding of the hand-crafted photograph-as-object both technically and conceptually. From this, Starling utilises photography as a tool of mnemonic and temporal enquiry. His use of antiquated photographic techniques takes on alternative display configurations from re-imaginings of the mechanisms of cinema, to installation, to kinetic, light-based sculptural forms in addition to the traditional wall format. Similar to his approach to various other materials used in his practice, there is often an intervention - an embodied, performative interruption of orthodox photographic methodology to facilitate conceptual frameworks.