Luke Fowler

Luke Fowler (b. 1978 Glasgow, UK) lives and works in Glasgow, UK.

Fowler explores the limitations and questions the rhetoric of the conventional modes of documentary filmmaking through a varied practice which encompasses the use of film, sound, installation, photography and performance. 

Fowler was nominated for The Turner Prize in 2012 and received the inaugural Derek Jarman Award in 2008. In 2014, Fowler was one of the recipients of Artists and Archives: Artists’ Moving Image, BBC Scotland and in the same year MACK published Fowler’s first monograph of his Photo Archive body of work. Fowler debuted a new sound sculpture at the Nasher Sculpture Centre, Dallas, in 2018 and his new short film ‘Mum’s Cards’ was awarded the 2019 Scottish Short Film Award at Glasgow Short Film Festival as well as the prize for Best Short Film at Punto de Vista International Documentary Film Festival of Navarra, Spain. 

Selected solo exhibitions include: ‘Passages’, The Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand (2019); ‘Sightings: Luke Fowler’, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, USA (2018); Neubauer Collegium for Culture & Society at The University of Chicago, USA (2016); ‘To The Editor of Amateur Photographer’ (with Mark Fell), The Modern Institute, Aird’s Lane, Glasgow, UK (2015); ‘The Poor Stockinger, the Luddite Cropper and the Deluded Followers of Joanna Southcott’, The Hepworth, Wakefield, UK (2012); ‘Luke Fowler with Toshiya Tsunoda and John Haynes’, Inverleith House, Edinburgh, UK (2012); CCS Bard Galleries, New York, USA (2011); and Serpentine Gallery, London, UK (2009). 

Fowler has exhibited and shown his films internationally, with recent performances and screenings at: Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark (2019); ‘Projections’, 57th New York Film Festival, New York, USA; ‘MONO x Queensland Film Festival’, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia (2019); City Gallery Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand (2019); International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2019); Anthology Film Archives, New York, USA (2018); ‘Enceindre (premiere)’, Berwick Film and Media Festival, Berwick, UK (2018); Sonic Acts Festival, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2017); Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK (2017); Neubauer Collegium, University of Chicago, Chicago, USA (2016); and ‘Outside the Sound’, Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge, USA (2015)