David Cotterell works with a range of media and technologies to explore the social and political tendencies of a world both shared and divided. He is particularly interested in the breaks and 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 inhabit the quieter, less distinct arenas, 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 medical teams such as the Combat Medical Technicians of 40 Commando at work. 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.
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.
A series of single photographs and triptychs depicting the handing over of casualties as they pass from Camp Bastion to Selly Oak, Birmingham, UK.
A video document of the anticipation and preparation for treatment of mass casualties within conflict.
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.
2017 Three Mirrors and a Wall, Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, London, UK
2016 Seeing, commissioned work developed in collaboration with Ruwanthie de Chickera for exhibition at the Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2015 Terminus, Scottish Queen Gallery, Sheffield, UK
2014 Code Yellow, installation at two sites UTD Gallery & Central Trak Gallery, Dallas, Texas, US
2013 The Ostrich Experiments, Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, London, UK
2012 Monsters of the Id, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK
2011 Slipstream, Peckham Space, London, UK
2018 Age of Terror, Imperial War Museum, London, UK
2016 Buffet d’Art, Ambika P3, London, UK
2016 Pilot I, University of Brighton Gallery, Brighton, UK
2015 Trauma: Built to Break, Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2015 Politics of Amnesia II, CGP London, London, UK
2014 Shock and Awe, Royal West of England Galleries, Bristol, UK
2013 Engines of War, Gasser Grunert Gallery, New York, US
2012 Saving Lives: Frontline Medicine in a Century of Conflict, Imperial War Museum, North, Manchester, UK
2012 Other Surfaces, Poppy Sebire Gallery, London, UK
2011 Uncontainable : Broken Stillness, Sirket-i Hayriye Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2011 Wake, Dilston Grove, London, UK
2011 War and Medicine, Canadian National War Museum, Ottawa, Canada
2010 Afghanistan, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, UK
2015 Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England and National Lottery funded award to support development of new artworks
2013 Squaring the Circle, AHRC Award (PI) to explore the legacy relevance of ArtLab in considering contemporary artists’ experimental organisations
2010 Philip Leverhulme Prize, Major Research Award to support development of personal research and practice over the period of 2010-2013
2010 Visiting Artist Fellowship, Awarded by Southern Methodist University (Dallas) and CentralTrak, University of Texas (Dallas)
2008 RSA: Arts and Ecology International, research residency with Turquoise Mountain Foundation, Kabul, Afghanistan
2007 War & Medicine’ Residency with Joint Forces Medical Group in Helmand Province, Afghanistan