Daniel Giles is an artist and educator based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. His artistic practice explores modes of representation, in particular how identity becomes embedded within visual and material cultures, and often creates connections with historical figures, events, and ideas  through methods of appropriation. Creative interventions into cultural archives create critical space with which to reveal hidden narratives and gain new knowledge. Each project departs from a different subject, drawing on a wide range of art history and visual culture and assumes different aesthetic and material forms. His work takes shape through studio practice as well as collaborative, research based, and performative approaches.  Previous works have engaged 19th century ceramic face jugs made by enslaved people in the American south, surveillance infrastructures of Chicago and the United States, and African American literature, poetry, and folklore. Giles’ work has been exhibited, performed and screened at venues including The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; El Museo Tamayo, Mexico City; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Tufts University Art Galleries, Medford, MA; and Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle WA. Giles is Course Director and Associate Professor at the Master Fine Art at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam.

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