“In Zimbabwe, one must be a renaissance man just to survive – undefined and unfixed. One must be proficient in the strangest things as a means of normal existence.”
Neville Starling is a self-taught, interdisciplinary artist, born in 1988 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe where he is currently based.
Starling works in a variety of mediums and disciplines from sound and/or light-based kinetic sculptures, to film and photography to sculptural adaptations of antiquated photo-centric techniques as well as found or community centred photographic and sound archives.
Motivated by his father’s windows of changed personality due to Alzheimer’s disease, Starling deconstructs time’s relationship with memory; memory being viewed by the artist as how we have learned to be in the world. He explores courses of normalization and change, the processes of forced and chosen memories, modes of individuation and collectivism, as well as the connection between future being and the cultural archive. These are examined within the interplay of reality, influence, and perception with memory, and how these are interwoven with the continuum of identity.