Tom Pope’s practice encompasses performance, photography and film. He is interested in working with performed photography where the act of creating a photograph or film is transformed into a performative event. In these instances he works in public spaces, often enacting playful or irrational actions and ungraspable experiments, and inviting the public to become participants in his works. Tom’s works explore the notion of time and travel, and are frequently playful and tongue-in-cheek.
Tom Pope (b. 1986) studied Photography in the Arts at Swansea Metropolitan University in 2008, and received his MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2011. Recent exhibitions of his work were held at: One Square Club, Frieze LA (2019); Gazelli Art House, London (2016); ArtLacuna, London (2016). He was the recipient of a Deutsche Bank Award in 2011. His work is in the collection of the National Museum of Wales and National Portrait Gallery, London.
Platform Foundation Asks
Who is your artistic hero? Yves Klein, his serious yet playful approach to art is unparalleled.
Which work of art you wished you owned? “Untitled Blue Monochrome (IKB 79)”, 1959 by Yves Klein.
What is the most indispensable item in your studio? Water Pistol.
Describe your studio in three words: Super fun playground.
Do you collect anything? Games and toys, the more obscure the better.
What kind of music do you listen to while you work? Mostly contemporary jazz, punk and BBC6 Music.