Mishka Henner (b.1976, Belgium) is one of the UK's most significant artists working with and interrogating the photographic medium. Based on the collection and mediation of publicly available imagery sourced through the internet, satellites and television, his appropriative practice explores the use and value of photography and its relationship with contemporary experience.
Henner's No Man's Land series depicts solitary female street workers occupying the margins of Southern European cities. Shot entirely with Google Street View, his method of online intelligence gathering results in an uneasy reflection on voyeurism and surveillance. In his recent Oil Fields and Feedlots series, large-scale photographic prints reminiscent of vast Abstract Expressionist canvases represent landscapes carved by industries meeting extraordinary levels of consumer demand for two of North America's most prized commodities: beef and oil. Sourced from Google Earth, these satellite images of oil fields and cattle feed lots represent a systematic intent to maximise production and yield in order to satisfy extraordinary levels of human consumption. The result is a natural landscape transformed into something akin to the circuit boards that drive the logistical operations of these industries, and ultimately, feed consumers' appetite for these resources.
Recent solo exhibitions include Semi-Automatic, Bruce Silverstein, New York, USA (2015); Black Diamond, Carroll / Fletcher, London, UK (2014); Precious Commodities, Open-Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK (2013); and No Man's Land, Hotshoe Gallery, London, UK (2011). Group exhibitions include Beastly/Tierisch, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zurich, Switzerland (2015); Now You See It: Photography and Concealment, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA; Plotting From Above: Mishka Henner and Montreal Aerial Survey, McCord Museum, Montreal, Canada; Drone: The Automated Image, Darling Foundry, Montreal, Canada; Views from Above, Centre Pompidou, Metz, France; A Different Kind of Order, International Centre of Photography, New York, USA (all 2013); Less Americains & Astronomical, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK; Appropriation: Questioning the Image, Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna, Austria; No Man's Land, Oregon Center for Photographic Arts, USA (all 2012).
In 2014, Henner was shorlisted for Consumption, the Fifth Prix Pictet Award, and in 2013, he was awarded the ICP Infinity Award for Art by the International Center of Photography, New York, and shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize at the Photographers' Gallery, London. His work is held in collections including the Tate Library Collection, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Portland Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Mishka Henner lives and works in Manchester.