Ingrid Pollard: Carbon Slowly Turning

Man leaning against a tree wearing a yellow jacket with a red flower

Ingrid Pollard, Self Evident, 1995 (detail), © and courtesy the artist


12 March - 29 May 2022

Curated by Gilane Tawadros, with the artist

A chilling, revelatory show” ★★★★ Florence Hallett, the i

“Subtly and without neat punchlines, this exhibition slowly drags into view an embedded history of the African people who came to Britain” ★★★★ Hettie Judah, The Guardian

Ingrid Pollard (born Georgetown, Guyana) is one of the leading figures in contemporary British art. This first major survey of her 40-year career includes delicately hand-tinted landscape photographs, a flotilla of small ceramic boats and a cast of protagonists that includes boxers, musicians, tango dancers and writers. The exhibition also includes two new works – a film that meditates on the human body as it moves through space and time, and a triptych of monumental, dynamic sculptures that reference our shared history of power relations and resurgence.

Pollard is renowned for using portrait and landscape photography to question our relationship with the natural world and to interrogate social constructs such as Britishness, race, sexuality and identity. Working across a variety of techniques from photography, printmaking, drawing and installation to artists’ books, video and audio, she combines meticulous research and experimental processes to make art that is at once deeply personal and socially resonant.

This exhibition is supported by Freelands Foundation and the Freelands Award 2020. Pollard’s work is held in public collections including Tate and the Victoria and Albert Museum. She lives and works in Northumberland, UK.

Ingrid Pollard is one of four artists shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2022.

Winner of the Freelands Award 2020. Exhibition supported by the Freelands Foundation, and a Publications Grant from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the Association for Art History. An Exhibition Organised by MK Gallery in partnership with Turner Contemporary.

Ingrid Pollard Conference Recording