b. 1982 in the United Kingdom; lives and works in London
Ed Atkins's subject here is depression in every sense of the word. Drawing on the conventions of cinema and literature, he foregrounds the images generated by today's cultural output mechanisms. Combining writing with high definition video, whose image quality enhances the visibility of its filmed subjects to the detriment of language, character and the people depicted, Atkins brings a precise, exploratory eye to the material aspects of narratives of a contemporary world whose trappings he hones even further.