David Cotterrell

David works with variety of media and technologies to explore the social and political tendencies of a world at once shared and divided. His practice is typified by an interest in intersection; the breaks or nuances in the human condition that can lead to a less ambiguous understanding of the world we inhabit. Encapsulating the roles of programmer, producer and director, David’s projects embrace the quiet, indistinct spaces that are the sites for action, and which may (or may not) be understood more clearly in the future. David was commissioned to travel to Helmland province in Afghanistan in 2007 and 2008, where he observed various medical teams such as the Joint Forces Medical Group and the Combat Medical Technicians of 40 Commando at work. He also spent six months in 2009 documenting the continuing care pathway at Selly Oak and Headley Court. He continues to return regularly to the region, considering the challenges to empathy that occur prior to the descent into the polarised engagement of military forces.


Mazar, Texas

Lenticular print in black wooden frame
40 x12 cm
A lenticular print combining two areas in Afghanistan and Texas, linked by violence, landscape and creation myth.

9 - Liner

3 channel video installation, 25 mins

A quiet study of the attempt to bring an injured soldier to the tented entrance of a desert field hospital, exposing the abstraction of experience within conflict.


C-type photographic prints

A series of single photographs and tryptichs depicting the handing over of casualties as they pass from Camp Bastion to Selly Oak, Birmingham, UK.

Green Room

video projection, 30 mins

A video document of the anticipation and preparation for treatment of mass casualties within conflict.


HESCO concertainer units, coal waste

HESCO concertainer units, Built by the 100 Field Squadron of the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers, Hill33 is one of the most ambitious land art projects in the UK in recent times.

Solo Exhibitions

Selected Group Exhibitions

Other Projects

Residencies and Awards