Rotman (born 1974, Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand) is an artist working between Aotearoa New Zealand and the USA. He lives in San Francisco. Rotman’s work has been exhibited in the USA, Australia and New Zealand and is represented in collections in the USA and Australasia. He is the recipient of the Prix Du Livre Images Vevey (2018) and The Marti Friedlander Photographic Award (2013).

Rotman’s work is predicated on the idea that civilization is a delicate fiction. His practice focuses on the point at which different power structures meet: during the colonial process or at the collision of civilization and the natural world, for example. This often draws him to subjects on the edges of society. In Aotearoa New Zealand, his work has explored incarceration and gangs, leading to an interrogation of his own place, as a New Zealander of European descent, in the colonial history of the country. In the US, he touches on similar themes, exploring the shifting violent ingredients of the American empire.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2017 / Matériel / Gow Langsford / Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand
2016 / Ōmarunui / Parlour Projects / Hastings, Aotearoa New Zealand
2016 / Mongrel Mob Portraits / Gow Langsford / Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand
2015 / Mongrel Mob Portraits / City Gallery / Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand
2014 / Mongrel Mob / Gow Langsford / Auckland / Aotearoa New Zealand
2005 / Interiors / McNamara Gallery / Wanganui, Aotearoa New Zealand

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2015 / Personalities: Fantasy and Identity in Photography and New Media / Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Desert, USA
2005 / Still Present: Exploring Psychiatric Institutions in Photography / Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand
2001 / Parallel Worlds / Centre for Contemporary Photography / Melbourne, Australia
2001 / Parallel Worlds / Adam Art Gallery / Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand
2001 / Art Futures / Pataka Gallery / Porirua, Aotearoa New Zealand

PUBLICATIONS:
2018 / Mongrelism / Here Press, London / Images Vevey, Switzerland.
2015 / Jono Rotman; Mongrel Mob Portraits / A City Gallery Publication
2005 / Still Present / Victoria University Press
2001 / Parallel Worlds / Victoria University Press

GRANTS & AWARDS:
2017 / Prix Du Livre Images Vevey
2016 / Creative New Zealand Quick Response Grant
2013 / The Marti Friedlander Photographic Award
2004 / Creative New Zealand New Work Grant

COLLECTIONS:
2015 / The Waldman Family Trust, USA.
2014 / The Chartwell Collection, Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand 2003 / The Wellington City Council Art Collection, Aotearoa New Zealand

EDUCATION:
1994 / Wellington Polytechnic / Aotearoa New Zealand
1992 / Universidad Nacional de Cuyo / Mendoza, Argentina
All work © Jono Rotman.