With great analytical and emotional commitment, British artist Darren Almond (b. 1971) shapes his distinctive poetic and political aesthetics through the tools of photography, video, installation, sculpture and painting. Directly or indirectly, his works always suggest an exploration or journey in time and space. The point of departure is personal and political, social and cultural, geological and historical. But his captivating stories are never just horrifying – they also touch on the exhilarating, because through beauty and stamina, he manages to call forth optimism and hope. Although seriousness often occupies the greater part of his aesthetics, Almond’s works are however immensely life-affirming.
Darren Almond has received several significant awards in the course of his career, among them a 2005 Turner Prize nomination. Personal and collective memory is a theme that Almond has addressed since the beginning of his artistic career, which gained momentum in the early 1990s. He was then part of the young contemporary British art scene, better known as the Young British Artists (or YBAs) where in 1997 he participated in the infamous Sensation exhibition at the Royal Academy. The work of Darren Almond is represented in many public collections, including MoMA, New York; Tate Modern, London; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and Louisiana – Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark.