Former Somerset House Studios resident

Rene Matić

Rene Matić (b. 1997, Peterborough) is an artist, writer and poet based in London.

Somerset House Studios
New Wing

Their work brings together themes of post-blackness, glitch feminism and subcultural theory in a meeting place they describe as rude(ness) – to interrupt and exist in/between.

Matić’s research reaches back to post-war Britain with the survival tactics and ‘tap dances’ of Britain’s Brown babies. They take their departure point from dance and music movements such as Northern soul, Ska and 2-Tone, using them as sites to queer and re-imagine the intimacies between West Indian and white working-class culture in Britain.

As part of their residency at Somerset House, Matić will be working on three projects. They will be working with the Future Producers to co-produce an artwork for the exhibition Beano: The Art of Breaking the Rules,’ along with their own separate commission for the same show. They will also be completing their piece for the Morgan Stanley commission.