Rene Matić (b. 1997, Peterborough) is an artist, writer and poet based in London. Their work spans across photography, film and sculpture in a meeting place they describe as rude(ness) – to interrupt and exist in/between. Matić often takes their departure point from dance and music movements such as Northern soul, Ska and 2-Tone, using them as sites to queer and re-imagine the intimacies between West Indian and white working-class culture in Britain.
Recent solo exhibitions include UPON THIS ROCK, Kunstverign Gartenhaus, Vienna, AT (2023), UPON THIS ROCK, South London Gallery, London, UK (2022), in spite of, instead of, Quench Gallery, Margate, UK (2022), flags for countries that don’t exist but bodies that do, Arcadia Missa, London, UK (2021), Born British Die British, VITRINE Gallery, London, UK (2021).
Recent group exhibitions include Divided Selves, The Herbert Gallery, Coventry, UK (2023); Crowd Control, High Art, Arles, FR (2022); Queerdirect, Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK (2022); Arcadia, Bold Tendencies, London, UK (2021 - ); Bloomberg New Contemporaries, South London Gallery, London, UK (2021) and Friends and Friends of Friends, Schlossmuseum, Linz, AT (2020).
Matić’s work is in several prominent collections including Tate, London (UK); Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris (FR); UK Government Art Collection, London (UK); Arts Council Collection, London (UK); Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol (UK); University Arts London Collection, London (UK); Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (UK); South London Gallery, London (UK).
Matić is represented by Arcadia Missa Gallery.