Mike Nelson in Artforum

Mike Nelson reflects on his time at Reading and his recent exhibitions in this months Artforum

When I was a student at Reading University I was very interested in the experience of eastern cultures, in particular those of the Islamic world. I made work retracing the lineage of designs, such as those from the Arts and Crafts movement, back to their eastern influences. I often found a rebounding dialogue between them. This was the beginning of my interest in the construction of identity and “otherness”, as well as an understanding of my position in that—not only as a European, but also more specifically as a British person.

Mike Nelson, 'M6' (photograph), 2013.
Mike Nelson, ‘M6’ (photograph), 2013. Courtesy Eastside Projects.

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