Manuel Vason’s artistic practice explores the relationship between photography and performance, presence and representation. The collaborative nature of his practice shapes a unique hybrid art form and generates new vocabularies. His collaborations to date have become some of the most iconic images of performance and his work has been published and presented internationally.
Vason was born in Padua, Italy in 1974 and after assisting some of the most celebrated fashion photographers of his generation in Milan, New York, Paris, London and Los Angeles, gained an MFA at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London. In 2002 he completed and presented two books: Encounters, a publication on the body in live art (Black Dog Publishing, 2002) and Oh Lover Boy, a two-year collaboration with Franko B (Black Dog Publishing, 2002). In 2007 Vason presented Encounters, his first solo exhibition at Arnolfini, Bristol which was accompanied by a 230 page catalogue (Arnolfini/Cornerhouse). In 2012 he presented Still Movil, an exhibition of co-creations with forty-five choreographers in South America. And most recently he completed Double Exposures a new collaboration and publication between Manuel and forty-two of the most visually provocative artists working with performance across the UK (published by Intellect Books and Live Art Development Agency, 2015).