Overview
Jason Oddy is an artist and writer focused on the politics of place. Nieyemer in Algeria, Guantanamo Bay, the Pentagon, ex-Soviet sanatoria, cryonics facilities, NATO listening stations, the United Nations headquarters and homes of the recently deceased are just some of the sites which he has made work about.
 
With their stripped down aesthetic and emphasis on geometric rhythms, his meditative large format photographs stand as a timely enquiry into the underlying forces that lie at the heart of such centres of power and strangeness. 

His work has been exhibited internationally including at The Photographers’ Gallery (London), Yossi Milo Gallery (New York), the Milan Triennale, Paris Photo, Casa Niemeyer (Brasilia) and the French Communist Party Headquarters (Paris).

It has been featured in numerous publications including Modern Painters, Aperture, Art Review, the AA Files, Art on Paper and the New York Times Magazine.

 

 

Works
  • Jason Oddy, DZHEMYET SANATORIUM NR YALTA, UKRAINE, 1999
    Jason Oddy
    DZHEMYET SANATORIUM NR YALTA, UKRAINE, 1999
    C-print mounted on aluminium
    Edition of 8
    Jason Oddy, DZHEMYET SANATORIUM NR YALTA, UKRAINE, 1999
    £ 800.00
  • Jason Oddy, 'The Village' I, Houari Boumediene University of Science and Technology, Bab Ezzouar, Algeria, 2013
    Jason Oddy
    'The Village' I, Houari Boumediene University of Science and Technology, Bab Ezzouar, Algeria, 2013
    C-type print
    40.6 x 50.8 cm
    16 x 20 in
    Signed, dated and numbered on reverse
    Series: Concrete Spring
    edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs
    Jason Oddy, 'The Village' I, Houari Boumediene University of Science and Technology, Bab Ezzouar, Algeria, 2013
    £ 1,600
  • Jason Oddy, 'The Village' VII, Houari Boumediene University of Science and Technology, Bab Ezzouar, Algeria, 2013
    Jason Oddy
    'The Village' VII, Houari Boumediene University of Science and Technology, Bab Ezzouar, Algeria, 2013
    C-type print
    40.6 x 50.8 cm
    16 x 20 in
    Series: Concrete Spring
    edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs
    Jason Oddy, 'The Village' VII, Houari Boumediene University of Science and Technology, Bab Ezzouar, Algeria, 2013
    £ 1,600
  • Jason Oddy, Bloc des Salles de Classe IV, Houari Boumediene University of Science and Technology, Bab Ezzouar, Algeria, 2013
    Jason Oddy
    Bloc des Salles de Classe IV, Houari Boumediene University of Science and Technology, Bab Ezzouar, Algeria, 2013
    C-type print
    40.6 x 50.8 cm
    16 x 20 in
    Series: Concrete Spring
    edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs
    Jason Oddy, Bloc des Salles de Classe IV, Houari Boumediene University of Science and Technology, Bab Ezzouar, Algeria, 2013
    £ 1,600
  • Jason Oddy, Bloc des Sciences VII, Mentouri University, Constantine, Algeria, 2013
    Jason Oddy
    Bloc des Sciences VII, Mentouri University, Constantine, Algeria, 2013
    C-type print
    40.6 x 50.8 cm
    16 x 20 in
    Series: Concrete Spring
    edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs
    Jason Oddy, Bloc des Sciences VII, Mentouri University, Constantine, Algeria, 2013
    £ 1,600
  • Jason Oddy, Houari Boumediene University of Science and Technology II, Bab Ezzouar, Algeria, 2013
    Jason Oddy
    Houari Boumediene University of Science and Technology II, Bab Ezzouar, Algeria, 2013
    C-type print
    73.7 x 91.4 cm
    29 x 36 in
    Series: Concrete Spring
    Edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs
    Jason Oddy, Houari Boumediene University of Science and Technology II, Bab Ezzouar, Algeria, 2013
    £ 2,500
  • Jason Oddy, La Coupole I, Algiers, Algeria, 2013
    Jason Oddy
    La Coupole I, Algiers, Algeria, 2013
    C-type print
    40.6 x 50.8 cm
    16 x 20 in
    Series: Concrete Spring
    edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs
    Jason Oddy, La Coupole I, Algiers, Algeria, 2013
    £ 1,600
  • Jason Oddy, La Coupole II, Algiers, Algeria, 2013
    Jason Oddy
    La Coupole II, Algiers, Algeria, 2013
    C-type print
    59.7 x 76.2 cm
    23 1/2 x 30 in
    Series: Concrete Spring
    Edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs
    Jason Oddy, La Coupole II, Algiers, Algeria, 2013
    £ 2,400
  • Jason Oddy, La Coupole V, Algiers, Algeria, 2013
    Jason Oddy
    La Coupole V, Algiers, Algeria, 2013
    C-type print
    78.5 x 101 cm
    30 7/8 x 39 3/4 in
    Series: Concrete Spring
    Edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs
    Jason Oddy, La Coupole V, Algiers, Algeria, 2013
    £ 1,800.00
  • Jason Oddy, Mentouri University I, Constantine, Algeria, 2013
    Jason Oddy
    Mentouri University I, Constantine, Algeria, 2013
    C-type print
    73.7 x 91.4 cm
    29 x 36 in
    Series: Concrete Spring
    Edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs
    Jason Oddy, Mentouri University I, Constantine, Algeria, 2013
    £ 2,500
  • Jason Oddy, Mentouri University I, Constantine, Algeria, 2013
    Jason Oddy
    Mentouri University I, Constantine, Algeria, 2013
    C-type print
    40.6 x 50.8 cm
    16 x 20 in
    Series: Concrete Spring
    edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs
    Jason Oddy, Mentouri University I, Constantine, Algeria, 2013
    £ 1.600
  • Jason Oddy, Red, White and Green, Houari Boumediene University of Science and Technology, Bab Ezzouar,, Algeria, 2010-2013
    Jason Oddy
    Red, White and Green, Houari Boumediene University of Science and Technology, Bab Ezzouar,, Algeria, 2010-2013
    C-type print
    39 x 49 cm
    15 3/8 x 19 1/4 in
    Series: Concrete Spring
    edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs
    Jason Oddy, Red, White and Green, Houari Boumediene University of Science and Technology, Bab Ezzouar,, Algeria, 2010-2013
    £ 1,600
  • Jason Oddy, The Auditorium II, Houari Boumediene University of Science and Technology, Bab Ezzouar, Algeria, 2013
    Jason Oddy
    The Auditorium II, Houari Boumediene University of Science and Technology, Bab Ezzouar, Algeria, 2013
    C-type print
    40.6 x 50.8 cm
    16 x 20 in
    Series: Concrete Spring
    edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs
    Jason Oddy, The Auditorium II, Houari Boumediene University of Science and Technology, Bab Ezzouar, Algeria, 2013
    £ 1,600
  • Jason Oddy, The Rectorate II, Houari Boumediene University of Science and Technology, Bab Ezzouar, Algeria, 2013
    Jason Oddy
    The Rectorate II, Houari Boumediene University of Science and Technology, Bab Ezzouar, Algeria, 2013
    C-type print
    49.2 x 39.4 cm
    19 3/8 x 15 1/2 in
    Series: Concrete Spring
    edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs
    Jason Oddy, The Rectorate II, Houari Boumediene University of Science and Technology, Bab Ezzouar, Algeria, 2013
    £ 1,600.00
Biography
Oddy’s work is held in a number of important public and private collections including the Wellcome Foundation, Channel 4, Citibank Private Bank, the Michael Wilson Centre For Photography, the Elton John collection and the US State Department.  He has been a visiting lecturer at various institutions including the University of the Arts (London), the School of Visual Arts (New York), the University of the Creative Arts (UK), the Sotheby’s Institute (London) and Domus Academy (Milan). 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Aug 2020               Concrete Spring.  French Communist Party Headquarters, Paris.

Aug 2017               Concrete Spring.  Casa Niemeyer, Brasilia.

April 2016             Concrete Spring.  Gallery 32, The Brazilian Embassy, London.

Mar 2015              Gallery Vassie,Amsterdam.

Mar 2014              Perihelion.  University of Hertfordshire Galleries, Hatfield. 

Jan 2014                 Concrete Spring.  Smiths Row, Bury St. Edmunds. 

Jan 2013                 A Is For.  James Hockey Gallery, UCA Farnham, Farnham. 

Jan 2011                 Within.  Camera 16, Milan. 

Aug 2007               In Memoriam.  Kilkenny Arts Festival, Kilkenny. 

Jun 2007                Turning Things Round.  Catalyst Arts, Belfast.

Jan 2007                 Newtopia.  University of Hertfordshire Galleries, St. Albans.

Sep 2006               Playas.  Photofusion, London.

June 2006             Newtopia.  Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, Corby.

May 2006              Playas.  Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea.

Feb 2006               Playas.  The Photographers’ Gallery, London.

Oct 2005               Hug Gallery, Amsterdam.

May 2004              Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York.

Oct 2003               The Photographers’ Gallery, London.

Sep 2002               Galerie Serieuze Zaken, Amsterdam.

Jul 2002                 'D.I.N.G.F.Y.'  The Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York.

Apr 2002                Royal Pump Rooms Museum, Leamington Spa.

Sep 2001               Shroud.  The Photographers' Gallery, London. 

Dec 2000               Influencing Space.  Yossi Milo Gallery, New York.

Sep 2000               Neue Prora.  Henry Peacock Gallery, London. 

Nov 1999               Sanatorium.  The Architectural Association, London.

Oct 1999               Waiting Rooms.  Henry Peacock Gallery, London. 

Jul 1998                 Dunroamin. The Alchemy Gallery, London. 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

Nov 2020                Winter Salon, Laurent Delaye Gallery, Ramsgate

Jan 2016                Made in Algeria, généalogie d'un territoire.  MuCEM (Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée), Marseilles.

Oct 2015               The Global Sixties.  Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam.

Oct 2015               Deptford X Festival, London.

Oct 2015               Bread and Jam, London.

Jan 2015                 The Presence of Absence.  Berloni Gallery, London.

Oct 2014               Africa.  Big Chance Big Change.  The Milan Triennale, Milan.

Sep 2014               Amsterdam Unseen, Amsterdam.

May 2014              Bar For The Future.  Belmacz Gallery, London.

Jan 2014                 Le Projet Sfax.  Palais Kheireddine, Tunis.

Jul 2012                 Regards Croisés.  European Parliament, Brussels.

Jun 2012                Bolingbroke: A View Backwards.  CAA Gallery, London.

Oct 2011               Regards Croisés.  Palais des Rais, Algiers.

Jan 2009                 Absolute Evil.  Kunstakademie Leipzig, Leipzig.

May 2008              Lucifer’s Greatest Works of Art.  Fred, Leipzig.

Jan 2008                 Photo 50.  The London Art Fair, London.

Dec 2007               Varanasi.  Nature Morte Gallery, Delhi.

July 2007               'says the junk in the yard'.  Flowers East, London.

Jan 2007                 On the wall.  Aperture, New York.

May 2006              9 x 100:9.  Galleria Santa Cecilia, Rome.

Nov 2005               The Photographers' Gallery at Paris Photo, Paris.

Sep 2005               Liminal Britain.  University of North Texas Art Gallery, Denton, Texas.

Aug 2005               Inner Space.  Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea.

Jul 2005                 Déjà-vu.  The Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York.

Nov 2003               The Photographers' Gallery at Paris Photo, Paris.

May 2003              Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York.

Nov 2002               Paris Photo, Paris.

Oct 2002               Armoury Photography Show, New York.

Sep 2002               Medicate.  Royal Pump Rooms Museum, Leamington Spa, England.

Jun 2001                Gone Missing.  Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York.

Nov 2000               The Photographers' Gallery at Paris Photo, Paris.

Oct 2000               Print Circle.  The Photographer's Gallery, London.

Sep 2000               La Lettre Volée.  Kanal 20, Brussels.

Sep 2000               I turned with me…  Mafuji Gallery, London.

Mar 2000              Residual Property.  Portfolio Gallery, Edinburgh.

Dec 1999               The Special Photographers' Company, London.

 May 1998              Inside.  New Inn Yard, London.

 

Publications

 2019                       The Revolution Will Be Stopped Halfway: Oscar Niemeyer in Algeria, Columbia                                                             University Press, New York.

 2017                       Notes du désert, Grasset, Paris.

 

Education

 University College London, M.A. (Distinction) in 'French & Post-War Literary Theory’.

University College London, B.A. (Hons) in ‘French Language & Literature’.

 

Teaching

Sessional lecturer, School of Photography, UCA Farnham. Visiting lecturer in photography at various institutions including The School of Visual Arts (New York); Central St. Martins (UK); Domus Academy (Italy); Nottingham Trent University (UK).

 

Collections

US Department of State; Wellcome Foundation; Channel 4; Citibank Private Bank; DZ Bank; Michael Wilson Centre For Photography; Elton John collection; University of Hertfordshire.

 

Awards & Grants

Graham Foundation Grant.  Numerous Arts Council England awards for creative writing and the visual arts.  University of the Creative Arts Promising Researcher Award.  British Academy Award for post-graduate study.

 

Selected catalogue essays, reviews and press

 2020                       Imagem Secundária / Ghost House. Wallpaper.

2018                       The Revolution Will Be Stopped Halfway. Faktur.

2016                       Made In Algeria catalogue.  MuCEM / Hazan Publishing.

                                Digby Warde-Aldam.  Concrete Spring review.  Apollo Magazine.

Joe Lloyd.  Concrete Spring review.  Disegno.

                                Magali Lesauvage.  Made In Algeria review.  Exponaute Magazine.

2015                       Global Sixties catalogue.  Tropenmuseum Publishing.

2014                       Roy Exley. Perihelion review.  Photomonitor.

Rakesh Ramchurn.  Concrete Spring preview.  Architectural Review.

‘Portfolio’.  The New Review.  The Independent on Sunday.

Concrete Spring preview.  Wall Street Journal.

‘Back to the Future.’  The New York Times Magazine. 

2013                       Le Projet Sfax.  Délégation de l’Union Européenne en Tunisie.

                                Ruth Dusseault.  The Incomplete Illusion: Photographing the Training Ground.  Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians.

                                Rachel Coombes.  A Is For review.  Aesthetica Magazine.

2011                       Valentina Ciuffi.  Within review.  Abitare.

                                Ilaria Bacciochi.  Within review.  Vogue Italia.

2008                       Fiona Sibley.  Situations Vacant.  Design Weekly.

2007                                   Lyle Rexer.  Ways of Desertion.  DAMn.

Artist Portfolio.  Art Review.

Luke Ryan.  Turning Architecture Round.  The Irish Times.

Jessica Lack.  The Photographer.  Guardian Culture Supplement.

Elizabeth Hayes.  Arts Council England Own Art Bulletin.

                                Culture Vulture.  Building Design.

                                ‘How Do They Do That?’  Philip Clarke.  Digital Photographer.

2006                       Thomas Atkinson.  The US Border With Reality.  The London Paper.

Anouchka Grose.  Playas.  Portfolio.

                                Craig Burnett.  Playas.  Catalogue Essay

                                Newtopia.  Patrick Duerden.  Catalogue Essay.

2005                       Merel Bem.  Foto’s onder politieke hoogspanning.  De Volkskrant

                                Onheilslaboratorium.  Vrij Nederland

‘Playas: the replacement of reality.’  Artist portfolio.  Art Review.

‘Inside Guantanamo Bay.’  Lyle Rexer. Aperture.

Stokes Jones. ‘Seats of Power’.  SeeSaw Magazine.

Deutsche Bank Photo Installation.  Art Review.

2004                        Lori Waxman.  ‘Critics’ Pick’.  Artforum.

‘Politics that makes peace with the beauty of objects’.  Holland Cotter. New York Times. 

                                                Lyle Rexer.  Review.  Art On Paper.

                                                'Casting a Cool Eye…'  Jesse McKinley. 'Casting a Cool Eye…'  New York Times.

                                                Lucy Bell.  Review.  ‘An Eye On Order’.  Coventry Evening Telegraph.

Ben Sadler.  Review.  Fused Magazine.

                                                Steven Blake.  Review.  Art Space.

Simon Webb.  Review.  Metro Newspaper.

                                                Pick of the Week.  The Guardian.

                                                See This!  The Guardian Guide.

2003                       ‘Inside the Pentagon’.  Le Monde 2.

2001                       Fisun Gunner.  Review.  Metro Newspaper.

                                                Preview of 'Shroud'.  Evening Standard.

                                                The Palace of Nations.  Tank.

Robert Mahoney.  Gone Missing exhibition.  Time Out New York.

'Choices'.  Gone Missing exhibition.  The Village Voice.

Exhibition Review.  Gone Missing exhibition.  The New Yorker.

                                                Lyle Rexer.  'I Spy'.  Metropolis Magazine.

                                                'It Is Art Now'.  Modern Painters.

2000                       'Critics' pick'.  Exhibition Preview. The New Yorker.

                                                Julia Thrift.  Exhibition review.  Time Out.

                                                'Frontrunners'.  What's On.

                                                Great.  The Photographers' Gallery magazine.

                                                BJP.  Exhibition Preview.

                                Moira Jeffrey.  'Home Truths'.  Exhibition Review.  The Sunday Herald.

                                                Neil Cameron.  Exhibition Review.  The Scotsman.

                                                Susanna Beaumont.  'Domestic Space'.  Exhibition Review. The List.

1999                       'Collective Memory'.  The Independent Magazine.

'The Remains of the Day'.  The Independent Magazine.

                                                Illustrated listing.  Waiting Rooms exhibition.  Time Out.

                                                Simon Grant.  'Top 5 shows'.  The Guardian Guide.

                                                Roseanna Negrotti.  Exhibition preview.  'Recommended'.  What's On.

                                                BJP.  Exhibition preview.

1998                       Jonathon Coe.  'Life at the edge of the world'. Observer Life Magazine.

                                Ria Higgins.  Exhibition Review.  What's On.

Exhibitions
Bibliography

As a writer Jason Oddy's books include Notes du désert(Grasset, Paris, 2017) andThe Revolution Will Be Stopped Halfway: Oscar Niemeyer in Algeria(Columbia Books On Architecture and the City, New York, 2019), a monograph featuring his own work. 

 

Oddy has contributed criticism, reviews and essays to leading periodicals on topics such as the ethics of depicting war or the merits of painting versus photography as well as on architects, artists, and photographers such as Daniel Libeskind, Thomas Demand, Hiroshi Sugimoto, William Eggleston, Joel Sternfeld and Rineke Dijkstra. 

 

2020                      Harriet Thorpe. Oscar Niemeyer’s Algerian architecture uncovered. Wallpaper.

                                                David Ruiz Marull. Los secretos de la ‘fantasmal’ Casa Niemeyer de Brasilia. La                                                            Vanguardia.

                                                Andrei Doultsev. Ein unerfüllter Traum. Jungewelt.

2016                       Made In Algeria catalogue.  MuCEM / Hazan Publishing.

                                Digby Warde-Aldam.  Concrete Spring review.  Apollo Magazine.

Joe Lloyd.  Concrete Spring review.  Disegno.

                                Magali Lesauvage.  Made In Algeria review.  Exponaute Magazine.

2015                       Global Sixties catalogue.  Tropenmuseum Publishing.

2014                       Roy Exley. Perihelion review.  Photomonitor.

Rakesh Ramchurn.  Concrete Spring preview.  Architectural Review.

‘Portfolio’.  The New Review.  The Independent on Sunday.

Concrete Spring preview.  Wall Street Journal.

‘Back to the Future.’  The New York Times Magazine. 

2013                       Le Projet Sfax.  Délégation de l’Union Européenne en Tunisie.

                                Ruth Dusseault.  The Incomplete Illusion: Photographing the Training Ground.  Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians.

                                Rachel Coombes.  A Is For review.  Aesthetica Magazine.

2011                       Valentina Ciuffi.  Within review.  Abitare.

                                Ilaria Bacciochi.  Within review.  Vogue Italia.

2008                       Fiona Sibley.  Situations Vacant.  Design Weekly.

2007                                   Lyle Rexer.  Ways of Desertion.  DAMn.

Artist Portfolio.  Art Review.

Luke Ryan.  Turning Architecture Round.  The Irish Times.

Jessica Lack.  The Photographer.  Guardian Culture Supplement.

Elizabeth Hayes.  Arts Council England Own Art Bulletin.

                                Culture Vulture.  Building Design.

                                ‘How Do They Do That?’  Philip Clarke.  Digital Photographer.

2006                       Thomas Atkinson.  The US Border With Reality.  The London Paper.

Anouchka Grose.  Playas.  Portfolio.

                                Craig Burnett.  Playas.  Catalogue Essay

                                Newtopia.  Patrick Duerden.  Catalogue Essay.

2005                       Merel Bem.  Foto’s onder politieke hoogspanning.  De Volkskrant

                                Onheilslaboratorium.  Vrij Nederland

‘Playas: the replacement of reality.’  Artist portfolio.  Art Review.

‘Inside Guantanamo Bay.’  Lyle Rexer. Aperture.

Stokes Jones. ‘Seats of Power’.  SeeSaw Magazine.

Deutsche Bank Photo Installation.  Art Review.

2004                        Lori Waxman.  ‘Critics’ Pick’.  Artforum.

‘Politics that makes peace with the beauty of objects’.  Holland Cotter. New York Times. 

                                                Lyle Rexer.  Review.  Art On Paper.

                                                'Casting a Cool Eye…'  Jesse McKinley. 'Casting a Cool Eye…'  New York Times.

                                                Lucy Bell.  Review.  ‘An Eye On Order’.  Coventry Evening Telegraph.

Ben Sadler.  Review.  Fused Magazine.

                                                Steven Blake.  Review.  Art Space.

Simon Webb.  Review.  Metro Newspaper.

                                                Pick of the Week.  The Guardian.

                                                See This!  The Guardian Guide.

2003                       ‘Inside the Pentagon’.  Le Monde 2.

2001                       Fisun Gunner.  Review.  Metro Newspaper.

                                                Preview of 'Shroud'.  Evening Standard.

                                                The Palace of Nations.  Tank.

Robert Mahoney.  Gone Missing exhibition.  Time Out New York.

'Choices'.  Gone Missing exhibition.  The Village Voice.

Exhibition Review.  Gone Missing exhibition.  The New Yorker.

                                                Lyle Rexer.  'I Spy'.  Metropolis Magazine.

                                                'It Is Art Now'.  Modern Painters.

2000                       'Critics' pick'.  Exhibition Preview. The New Yorker.

                                                Julia Thrift.  Exhibition review.  Time Out.

                                                'Frontrunners'.  What's On.

                                                Great.  The Photographers' Gallery magazine.

                                                BJP.  Exhibition Preview.

                                Moira Jeffrey.  'Home Truths'.  Exhibition Review.  The Sunday Herald.

                                                Neil Cameron.  Exhibition Review.  The Scotsman.

                                                Susanna Beaumont.  'Domestic Space'.  Exhibition Review. The List.

1999                       'Collective Memory'.  The Independent Magazine.

'The Remains of the Day'.  The Independent Magazine.

                                                Illustrated listing.  Waiting Rooms exhibition.  Time Out.

                                                Simon Grant.  'Top 5 shows'.  The Guardian Guide.

                                                Roseanna Negrotti.  Exhibition preview.  'Recommended'.  What's On.

                                                BJP.  Exhibition preview.

1998                       Jonathon Coe.  'Life at the edge of the world'. Observer Life Magazine.

                                Ria Higgins.  Exhibition Review.  What's On.