Chloe Dewe Mathews: Shot at Dawn

Chloe Dewe Mathew's exhibition, Shot at Dawn, will have its final showing in Madrid, from 23rd May to 16th July. This body of work, commissioned by the Ruskin, focuses on the sites at which British, French and Belgian troops were executed for cowardice and desertion between 1914 and 1918.

Commissioned by the Ruskin School of Art as part of 14-18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, the project comprises images of the locations at which individuals were shot or held in the period leading up to their execution, and all were taken as close as possible to the precise time at which the executions occurred.

Shot at Dawn will be on display at Ivorypress C/ Comandante Zorita in Madrid from 23rd May to 16th July, having recently been on display at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. This exhibition premiered at Stills: Scotland’s Centre for Photography in Edinburgh and Tate Modern in London in November 2014, before going on to further showings at the Museum Folkwang in Essen and Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication. The book provides a complete visual record of the commission alongside a critical analysis of the work by Geoff Dyer and expert contextual essays on cowardice, desertion and psychological trauma by Sir Hew Strachan and Dr Helen McCartney.

Chloe Dewe Mathews studied at the Ruskin School of Art (BFA 2001-4) and is represented by Panos Pictures. In 2011 she won the British Journal of Photography International Photography Award, Julia Margaret Cameron New Talent Award and Flash Forward Emerging Photographer’s Award. The following year she was nominated for the Joop Swart Masterclass by World Press Photo and her work on the Caspian region was shortlisted for the London Photography Award and nominated for the Prix Pictet.

She featured in the Telegraph’s five most promising new artists of 2011 and the Observer’s new talent of 2012. She was listed by Photo District News as one of the new and emerging photographers to watch in 2012 and in 2013 she was awarded residencies at St. John’s College, Oxford and Metal Southend. She was recently awarded the Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University.

Commissioned by the Ruskin School of Art as part of 14–18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions. Sponsored by Genesis Imaging and supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund and by the British CouncilGovernment of Flanders, John Fell OUP Research Fund and Van Houten Fund.