18 October 2018
This talk is aimed at University of Portsmouth students, staff and members of the public.
In this talk, Dr Matt Lodder will discuss both the research content of his current exhibition “Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed
” at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth, and the practical issues of creating a major exhibition of a marginalised art form, with material drawn primarily from disparate and uncatalogued private collections.
Spanning 400 years from the middle decades of the 17th century to the present day, the exhibition includes 400 objects including photographs; drawings; paintings; prints; commissioned sculpture; tattoo tools; rare books; two tattooing studios recreated from collected and re-sourced objects; and several pieces of preserved human skin.
As the most intimate of all art forms, the show argues that tracing the history of tattooing becomes a proxy through which broader art and cultural histories of Britain can be read, and through which insights on class, gender, empire, anxiety, nationalism, politics, religion and more can be gleaned.”
Dr Matt Lodder is a lecturer in contemporary art and Director of American Studies at the University of Essex. His research primarily concerns the application of art-historical methods to history of Western tattooing from the 17th century to the present day, with a principal focus on the professional era from the 1880s onwards.
He has given invited lectures at venues including the V&A, the National Museum of Scotland, and the Museum of London. He has published academic papers in venues including the Sculpture Journal, and contributed forewords for several popular books on tattooing.
He has contributed articles to the Royal Academy Magazine, History Today, The Guardian and others, and appeared on broadcast media across the globe. His first book, on the history of Western tattooing, is currently in production. His latest major exhibition, ‘British Tattoo Art Revealed’, will tour the UK throughout 2018 and 2019. It is at the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth until January.”
(All other visitors can book their tickets to the exhibition online in advance
at a reduced rate)