Joshua Bilton (b. Hertfordshire, UK) based in London. He studied at the London College of Communication, completing his BA in Photography in 2007 and graduated with an MA in Photography in 2010 from the Royal College of Art.
Joshua Bilton works in photography, video and performance, constructing scenarios that both depict and engender subjective encounters with our environment and its histories. He uses the role of the alibi or persona to explore the complex relationship between land, body and place. His performances are often isolated in the landscape and show the bodies attempt to reconcile an inner reality with an external environment. The work Undersong comprised of a three-screen video installation and sound and poetry walk looks at the material Portland stone and the Isle of Portland in Dorset. Through song and quiet melodic performance the piece explores the stones connection to the double, death, permanence and power. His current work in progress through workshops, performances and interventions looks at how the role of ritual, the offering and the animal persona seems in many cases to be used as an alibi for processing loss, grief, death, sickness and healing. The format of the workshop is becoming increasingly integral to his working process, adopting this as a method of opening up the research and making process to participation and collaboration. This summer he will be running a series of workshops at the Wellcome Collection with a final intervention in the building in January 2019.
He is currently a lead artist at Kettle’s Yard devising and facilitating community workshops throughout Cambridge. Additionally to this he works with a number of art organisations including Tate Exchange, ACAVA, Flourishing Lives, The Canal & River Trust and Pic London.
He is currently lead tutor in photography at the Royal Drawing School and a visiting tutor at the London College of Communication. His work has been shown in the UK, as well as Europe and USA. Recent exhibitions and projects include, Tate Exchange, London, April 2019; Masquerade, Open House Cambridge with Kettle’s Yard for an exhibition and radio broadcast 2019; The Canal & River Trust, resident artist, Hinterlands 2018; Material Immaterial, experimental publication curated by Rodrigo Orrantia 2018; Doremi residency, Cumbria 2017; SPACE, London 2016.