Artist Statement

Steven Barritt is an artist, photographer and lecturer based in London. His photographic practice is focused on the idea of ambiguity and the slippage between the photograph and truth, surface and meaning. Starting from a conceptual engagement with research, the work often entails carefully constructed images that explore recurring themes of mythologising, performance, human relations, human endeavour, science and philosophy.

Employing different approaches and aesthetic strategies his practice explores our understanding of the world around us and the relationship between the real and the photographed representation. The transformative and performative nature of photography provides a framework for tactile experimentation, visualisation and considered assembly of images that play with ways of representing complex or problematic issues.

His work has been presented in varied publications and has been shown both nationally and internationally at institutions, exhibitions and festivals such as The National Portrait Gallery, The Photographers Gallery, The Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Recontre D’Arles, Voies Off, FORMAT, Riga Photo Month as well as diverse group shows and solo exhibitions.

Selected Exhibitions

Nov 2020 "Born From Sea Foam" - Group Show
- OFF Bratislava Festival, Bratislava
Nov 2019 "LensCulture Discoveries" - Group Show
- Galerie Joseph, Paris
Jul 2019 "COSMOS" - Group Show
- Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford
May 2019 "Art on a Postcard" - Group Show
- Photo London, Somerset House, London
May 2019 "The Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize 2019" - Group Show
- Piano Nobile, Kings Place, London
May 2019 "To The Moon And Back" - Group Show
- South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell
Apr 2019 "VeniceLands ArtPrize" - Group Show
- Treveso, Italy
Apr 2019 "LUMEN - The Cosmic Sublime" - Group Show
- The Pie Factory, Margate
Apr 2019 "S.E.L.F" - Group Show
- Small Step, Liverpool
Mar 2019 "Forever Now" - Group Show
- Format International Festival, Derby
Nov 2018 "The Self Portrait as Performance" - Artist Talk.
- Factory 45 In association with Mina Raven, London
Sep 2018 "Portrait Of Britain" - Book.
- Hoxton Mini Press
Sep 2018 "Portrait Of Britain" - Group Show.
- Nationwide , Britain
July 2018 "BYOP" - Group Show.
- Recontres D'Arles, Arles
July 2018 "Voies Off Awards" - Curated Projection.
- Voies Off Festival, Arles
June 2018 "Coincident" - Joint Show.
- PremArts, Berlin
May 2018 "New Chic" - Curated Projection.
- Riga Photo Month, Riga
June 2017 "Art On A Postcard" - Group Show.
- The Printspace, London
Jan 2017 "Myth & Lore" - Group Show.
- Styx, London
Jun 2016 "Seeds" - Group Show.
- The Vortegern Gallery, Margate
Apr 2016 "Best Portfolio" - Award.
- Format Festival, Derby
Apr 2015 "Exposure" - Artist Talk.
- The Photographers Gallery, London
Nov 2013 "Of The Afternoon" - Group Show.
- The Power Station Gallery, London
Feb 2013 "The Bigger Picture" - Group Show.
- The Underground Gallery, London
Aug 2012 "The World In London" - Group Show.
- Victoria Park & Park House, London
Jul 2012 "Underground Birthday Show" - Group Show.
- The Underground Gallery, London
Feb 2012 "Dust and Scratches" - Group Show.
- Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow
Jan 2012 "MDX MA Showcase" - Group Show.
- The Underground Gallery, London
Sep 2011 "Human/ Nature" - Solo Show.
- Ketchum Pleon - London
Nov 2010 Taylor-Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010
- The National Portrait Gallery, London
May 2010 Fresh Faced And Wild Eyed 2010
- The Photographers Gallery, London
May 2010 AOP Student Awards 2010
- Association Of Photographers, London
Mar 2010 Sunday Times Style : Greatest Fashion Show On Earth
- Westfield Shopping Centre, London
Feb 2010 On|Off Fashion week
- Victoria House, London
Nov 2009 Taylor-Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2009
- National Portrait Gallery, London
Aug 2009 New Talent Student Showcase
- Abbott Mead Vickers, London
Jul 2009 D&AD New Blood, London
- Kensington Olympia, London
Jun 2009 RapidEye Interns Show, London
- Studio D201, London
Jun 2009 FreeRange, Graduate Show
- Old Truman Brewery, London