“My photographs explore notions of structural composition and the ways in which we recognise, recall and navigate the world around us - they are essentially meditations on the ‘mechanisms of memory’ and the 'architecture of space'.”
Alastair Whitton was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1969 and lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. He graduated with distinction in 1994 from the (then) Natal Technikon School of Fine Art in Durban, South Africa where he majored in sculpture and photography. He was an award winner at the 1994 ABSA L’Atelier and in the same year - as the overall top student in the Faculty of Art and Design - was awarded the Emma Smith International Scholarship. In the summer of 1995 he was artist in residence at the studio of Marlene Dumas in Amsterdam after which he travelled to Scotland to further his studies at the Glasgow School of Art where he was tutored by British photographer and conceptual artist Roger Palmer.
With a body of work spanning twenty-five years that has included photography, sculpture, artist books, painting and installation, Alastair Whitton has explored multiple mediums and processes. To date he has presented seven solo exhibitions and his work has been featured in exhibitions at notable museums and prestigious venues including: Le Carreau du Temple, Paris (2017-2018); University of Johannesburg (2017); Pratt Institute, New York (2016); Museo Carlo Bilotti, Rome (2015); Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice (2015); The Center for Book Arts, New York (2014); Museo Casa dei Carraresi, Treviso (2014); Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon (2011); Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius (2011); IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town (2010); FotoMuseum, Antwerp (2010); Johannesburg Art Gallery (2010); Museé National du Mali, Bamako (2009); University of South Africa, Pretoria (2009); National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare (2002); South African Centre for Photography, Cape Town (2002); Gasworks, London (1998); IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town (1997); Africus: Institute for Contemporary Art, Johannesburg (1997) and the Durban Art Museum (1994).