Rene Matić (b. 1997, Peterborough) is an artist currently working in London. Their work brings together themes of post-blackness, glitch feminism and subcultural theory in a meeting place they describe as rude(ness) – bringing to light (or dark) the fated conflicts and contradictions that one encounters while navigating the world in a body like their own.


Matić’s research reaches back to post-war Britain and the survival tactics and ‘tap dances’ of Britain’s Brown babies. They take their departure point from dance and music movements such as Northern soul, Ska and 2-Tone. Matić’s current work predominantly explores the Skinhead movement, its founding as a multicultural marriage between West Indian and white working-class culture and its subsequent co-option by far-right white supremacists. They use this as a metaphor to examine their own experience of living in the Black British diaspora, to excavate white jealousy, the continued legacy of colonialism and the fear of a Black planet - all things which find convergence within and upon their mixed-race identity.


BA Fine Art, Central St Martins, 2017 - 2020 

Performances & Publications

2021 flags for countries that don't exist but for bodies that do, Arcadia Missa Publishing

2021 Network Futures: Online Exhibitions and Digital Hierarchies, edited by Bob Bicknell-Knight

2021 How To Sleep Faster, Arcadia Missa

2020 If I Was Your Boyfriend, Fem Press 

2020 And Mum, Rile Space, Brussels

2020 This is England and This is England and This is England, Self Published

2020 Saving Ourselves, Polyester Zine

2019 Interjection Calender, Montez Press

2019 How to Avoid Being Attacked, self published

2019  Urban Space and Queer Subcultures, Autograph ABP, London

2019 Body Politić, Shades of Noir

2018 How to Sleep Faster, Arcadia Missa

2018 Crack magazine X Fred Perry Zine 

2018 Polyester Issue 8

Selected Exhibitions

2021 (SOLO) flags for countries that don't exist but for bodies that do, Arcadia Missa Gallery, London

2021 Arcadia, Bold Tendencies, London, curated by Hannah Barry and Charlie Mills

2021 Bloomberg New Contemporaries, South London Gallery, chosen by Alexandre da Cunha, Anthea Hamilton and Linder.

2021 LEAN, Kunsthall Stavanger, curated by Legacy Russell

2021 Time Out of Joint, digital exhibition, isthisit?, curated by Bob Bicknell-Knight

2020 LEAN, digital exhibition, Performa Arts, curated by Legacy Russell

2020 (SOLO) Born British Die British, VITRINE Gallery, London

2020 Friends and Friends of Friends, Schlossmuseum, Linz, curated by Oli Epp and Aindrea Emelife

2020 Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Digital Platform, chosen by Alexandre da Cunha, Anthea Hamilton and Linder.

2020 London Grads Now, Saatchi Gallery, London, 

2020 Sounding Off 2.0, Vitrine Gallery Digital, curated by William Clarke and Alys Williams

2020 Bold Tendencies, London, curated by Hannah Barry and Charlie Mills

2020 (SOLO) we give a lead to britain, digital exhibition, Arcadia Missa curated by Rozsa Farkas 

2019 Lesbiennale, 4:3, digital exhibition, curated by Nadine Ahmed and Naeem Davis

2019 BBZ Alternative Graduate Show, Copeland Gallery, London, curated by Deborah Joyce Holman

2019 G.U.T.S, Ugly Duck Gallery, London, curated by Ellie Pennick

2019 In Memory of Naomi Hersi, Atrium Gallery, London, curated by Chad Ndebele and Maria João Tralhão Dolan.

2018 LDN WMN, The Black Cultural Archives, London, curated by Tate Collective

2018 My Chain Hits My Chest, Attic Space, Nottingham, curated by Agil Abdullayev

2018 Life and Death, Cloud and Horse, London, curated by Ione Gamble

2018 Feeling Pink Like My Insides, Hume Gallery, Chicago, curated by Ken Folk

2017 Riot! Riot! Riot!, Protein Gallery, London, curated by Sophia Tassew

2017 If We're Going to Heal Let it Be Glorious, The Royal Standard, Liverpool, curated by Black Blossoms

2016 Mrs September, The White Pube, digital residency