Charlotte Colbert is a British / French photographer and screenwriter who lives and works in London. Working mainly in black and white, Colbert’s dark imagery examines questions of identity, time, and space, and recalls her experience in storytelling as a filmmaker. Her works explore how we choose to make sense of the world, as well as the varying and complex workings of the human mind. Themes of isolation, gender, fear, and fantasy recur throughout her oeuvre.Read More
Drawing from her initial career in film, Colbert’s works are often conceived as a series that has developed according to a narrative and script format. Beginning with imagined scenes, people, and places, the artist’s photography stems from narratives that are then told through cast models and props. Colbert’s method of photography allows room for her audience to fill in the missing pieces of the narrative sequence. The only difference between Colbert’s approach to filmmaking and photography is the lack of movement in the latter. Works from the artist’s 2016 solo show Ordinary Madness at Gazelli Art House question the relationship between our lived world and our digital world. This is emphasised through Colbert’s use of double exposure.
Colbert’s 2014 commission In and Out of Space was on display in Piccadilly during Frieze Art Fair. The project paid homage to filmmaker Stanley Kubrick on the occasion of the fifteenth anniversary of his death, and was subsequently exhibited in the group show Daydreaming With… Stanley Kubrick at Somerset House. Other solo exhibitions have included Ordinary Madness at Gazelli Art House, London (2016); and Stornoway at Tristan Hoare & Wilmotte Gallery (2011).
Charlotte Colbert’s works come to Gazelli Art House, London, this July. With an interest in the surreal and the temporality of contemporary culture, Colbert creates visual narratives using the familiar icons and emojis of instant communication.