Artist Statement: Theodore Wilkins-Lang (American, b. 1999, Cairo)

Working with traditional photographic processes, printed at a large-scale, Wilkins-Lang approaches the photograph – primarily the portrait, or the “photographed Other” - as a locus in which to interrogate the contemporary hypercapitalist image-culture. Considering the image-saturated spectacle of social media and capitalist realism as a direct challenge to any photographer, he uses the portrait as a response, striving to confront the viewer with a dramatic, present Other; in opposition to the disposable deluge of meaningless others found in advertising, Instagram, and 24-hour news. Referring to himself colloquially as a “propogandist of existentialism”, he attempts to transpose the humanism of thinkers like Sartre into the photographic object, and then investigate where that object sits in the contemporary context.

Photo: Natalie Wesselius, 2023, Berlin


BA (Hons) Fine Art Photography, Glasgow School of Art, Sep 2018-June 2022


This Time Was Different, Solo Show, Encore at the Dundee Rep, August 2017

Better Late than Never…, Group Show, Richmond Building, Glasgow School of Art, May 2019

Pictures of Men, Pictures of Women, showing alongside Anouk Liewer, Le Salon at Overdale Avenue, November 2019

Peer Show, Group ShowCleveland Print Room, December 2019

Focal Points, Group Show, WASPS Studios, Glasgow, February 2020

Artist in Residence Exhibition, showing alongside Camilo Gonzalez Barragan, Cleveland Print Room, August 2021

Interim, Group Show, 16 Nicholson St, Glasgow, February 2022

Variety at Variety, Trio Show, showing alongside Vincent Jager and Florence Peters, Variety, Glasgow, February 2022

Crit For Wine, Trio Flat Show, showing alongside Anouk Liewer and Joanna Stawnicka, Glasgow, March 2022

Living Room, Group Show, Old Hairdressers, Glasgow, March 2022

Futureproof, Group Show, Streetlevel Photoworks, Glasgow, November 2022

Publications Featured In:

The Wall, work featured “Final Resting Place”, Glasgow, June 2021

The Skinny Degree Show Insert, Fine Art Graduate feature, co-wrote with Amy Strzoda, Glasgow, June 2021


Cleveland Print Room, Artist in residence, Cleveland OH, USA, June-August 2021


Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporary 2024