richard whitlock

 Photographs and films in orthogonal parallel projection

   moving pictures      cv


Born in Liverpool, UK, in 1952, Richard Whitlock studied history and modern languages at Oxford University. While at Oxford he worked for the sculptor Michael Black and for the scenographer Scirard Lancelyn-Green, later studying fine art in Chapel Hill (North Carolina), and at Brighton Art School.

He has authored sculptural, photographic and video installations in many parts of the world: L’âge d’or (2010), was a sculptural installation in an abandoned coal-mine in France, and Double Cube (2007) a sculptural installation in a Turkish baths in Thessaloniki in Greece, transposed in 2008 to the Palace of the Khans in Bakhchisaray in the Crimea. Previous works include Colonne Oblique (2006), a gigantic leaning tower in the Law Courts of St-Etienne in France, and a spatial transformation of a wing of the Talyzin-Ustinov palace in Moscow (MUAR, 2001). 

From 2008 he began experimenting with alternative ways of spatial representation, working with photography and film without the linear perspective natural to these media. He has also lectured and published on the question of perspective in photography (see 'publications').

He will be among the artists representing Greece in the 2017 Beijing International Art Biennale at the National Art Museum of China.


Video installations

2016             Mount Olympus, Charles Wilson Building, Leicester University, UK.  

2015               The Street, 'Time and the image – images of crisis', Greek Film Archive, Athens.

                        The Port, 'Diasporas', ‘Dimitria’ Festival, Thessaloniki, Greece.

2012-13         The Street, 'Places of Memory – Fields of Vision', Center for Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki.

2012               The Street, Queens College, New York.

2009               The Hospital, 'Kiss Kiss BANG BANG', Espace Vallès, Grenoble, France.


Sculptural Installations   

2017              "Light/buoyant Puzzle Sphere" 轻飘谜球, Greek Pavillion, Beijing Biennale.

2010               L’âge d’or, 'International Design Biennale 2010', Saint-Etienne, France.  

2008               Captivated by Bakhchisaray, Bakhchisaray, Crimea, Ukraine.

2007               1st Biennale of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece.

                        4th Tashkent International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Uzbekistan.

2006               Maîtres d’œuvre, Palais de Justice, Saint-Étienne, France.

2004-5         Cosmopolis I – microcosmos >< macrocosmos, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki.

                        Different, Zina Athanasiadou Gallery, Thessaloniki.

2003             Atoma Individus, Ecole Supérieur des beaux-arts de Marseille, Galerie du Tableau, Marseilles, France.

2002             Atelier 33, Association des Ultras terrestres, Marseilles, France.

                        Underground Tower, installation, Moni Lazariston, Festival of Thessaloniki.

                        Sphere, installation, Bissell Library, American College of Thessaloniki.

2001               Atoma, Warehouse III, Port of Thessaloniki.

                        ΠΡΟΓΡΑΜΜΑ, Schusev State Museum of Architecture, Moscow.

Photography Exhibitions 

2009               Aletheia – Positions in Contemporary Photographies9th Photography Biennale, Helsinki, Finland.

2008             Captivated by Bakhchisaray, Bakhchisaray, Crimea, Ukraine.


Lectures, Symposiums, Residencies

2017               The rejection of perspective in Byzantine Greek and Chinese Classical painting, Central Academy of Art, Beijing, 20/09/2017

2016               Photography and the Construction of Reality, School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 4/2016.

                        Perspective and Alienation, School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 3/2016.

2015               Non-linear time: non-linear perspective, Experimental Cinema Festival Time and the image – images of crisis, Greek Film Archive, Athens, May 2015.

2014               Non-perspectival photography – towards a post-digital visuality, Helsinki Photomedia April 2014.

                        Material Matters, Action Field Kodra, Thessaloniki, Sept 2014.

2012               Perspective and Anti-perspective in Art since Antiquity, International Hellenic University , Thessaloniki, 14/03/2012.

                      Artist in residence at Queens College, New York, April-May 2012.

2010               Le refus de la perspective en art, Ecole Supérieur d’art de design de Saint-Etienne, France, 20/3/2010.

                       Artist in residence at the Atelier Favier, St-Etienne, France, Jan – Feb 2010.

                         Parallel projection in film and photography, School of Fine Art, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 5/5/2010.

2009                Expanded view photography : the rejection of central perspective in art. Symposium: Knowing Photographs, Finnish National Academy of Art, Helsinki, Finland, 29/1/2009.

2000                Moi et l’image - A comparison of the visual arts traditions of Greece, France and Britain, Café Littéraire, French Institute of Thessaloniki, 02/2000.

                         Presentation of the exhibition of Russian conceptual art “Red Square - White Tower” on the 'Volgo-Balt 237' a Russian freighter impounded in Thessaloniki harbour, 'Forum: Art Exchanges in South-East Europe, Thessaloniki' 05/2000.