Josh Bilton (b. Hertfordshire, UK) lives in London and studied photography at the London College of Communication before completing his MA at the Royal College of Art in 2010. From a background of formal training in photography, Bilton has set out on an ongoing project titled The Expedition, exploring the boundaries of self, body and land in photography, film and installation. The resulting works are exercises in transformation, with garments, helmets and gesture adopted by the body while the body attempts to reconcile an inner reality with an external environment. For Bilton, photography itself is an ongoing negotiation between the site of the self and the sight of the body in the photograph, in the landscape or in disguise. Even though Undersong comprises video, sound and text work and only a single photographic print, there is always something essentially photographic about Bilton’s examination of the split subject.
Holly Corfield Carr
Bilton is currently a tutor at the Royal Drawing School. His work has been shown in the UK, as well as Europe and USA. After graduating form the Royal College of Art in 2010 he was selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries in 2011. Recent exhibitions and projects include a solo show at SPACE, London (2016); ACAVA Arts Organisation, London (2015); The Photographer's Gallery, London (2014); L'Atelier KSR, Berlin (2014); and Rosphoto, St Petersburg (2013).