Born Geelong, Victoria 1979; currently lives and works in Melbourne
Alert to both history and science, Nicholas Mangan is a multi-disciplinary artist known for interrogating narratives embedded in a diverse range of objects. With a keen interest in the processes of forming meaning from objects, culture and natural phenomena, Mangan creates unnerving drawings, montages, sculptures and installations. His work addresses a wide range of themes, including the ongoing impacts of colonialism, humanity's fraught relationship with the natural environment, contemporary consumptive cultures and the complex dynamics of the global political economy.
Mangan has exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally. In 2016 he will present a major survey exhibition at MUMA (Monash University Museum of Art), Melbourne and the IMA (Institute of Modern Art), Brisbane. His recent major installation Other Currents was presented at Artspace, Sydney, 2015 and Ancient Lights at Chisenhale Gallery, London in 2015. Other solo exhibitions include: Some Kinds of Duration, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 2012; Let's Talk about the Weather, Y3K, Melbourne, 2011; Nauru, notes from a cretaceous world, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2010; Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2009; and The Colony, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, 2005. Selected group exhibitions: Riddle of the Burial Grounds, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, 2015; Surround Audience, New Museum Triennial, New York (Curated by Lauren Cornell and Ryan Trecartin), 2015; Concrete, Tophane-i Amire Culture and Arts Center Mimar Sinan Fine Art University Istanbul, Turkey, 2015; Rocks, Stones and Dust, University of Toronto Art Centre, Toronto, 2015; Art in the Age of..., Witte de With, Rotterdam, 2015; Anthropocene Moment, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse , 2015; Octopus, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, 2014; Concrete, Monash Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2014; and Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2014. He participated in the 2015 New Museum Triennial: Surround Audience, New York ; 9th Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, 2013; and the 13th Istanbul Biennial, 2013.
Mangan completed a two year studio residency at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, in 2002. He has been awarded numerous international residencies, including Recollets Artist Residency, Paris, 2011 and Australia Council's New York Green Street Residency, 2006. In 2007 he was a recipient of the Anne and Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship, resulting in post graduate studies at Universität der Künste in Berlin, Germany.