Instructor, Photography, Contemporary Practices (2011). BFA, 2005, The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland; MFA, 2008, The University of Illinois at Chicago. Exhibitions: Gallery 400, Chicago; The Green Lantern Gallery, Chicago; Roots and Culture Gallery, Chicago; White Slab Palace, NY; The Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago. Publications:; Time Out Chicago; Art Institute of Chicago Press; Chicago Studio Blog; New City. Awards: CAAP grant.

Experience at SAIC

SAIC has a wonderful, thriving student and faculty community, the support systems in place are wonderful, from health to learning whatever your needs. I have been involved with student and faculty creative projects, helped to organize events and have given lectures and talks in both the museum and the school. My classes taught have ranged from bespoke topic based seminars to pilot programs, basic core experiences and quick workshops as a guest, in all cases I have been challenged and rewarded by the SAIC community.

Personal Statement

Mathew Paul Jinks is an English Immigrant, living teaching and working in Chicago Illinois. He completed his undergraduate degree at the Glasgow School Of Art, Scotland in 2005,studying Fine Art Photography, then emigrating to the U.S and completing his MFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Studio Arts, 2008. Mathew currently teaches at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago in both the Photography and First Year departments, whilst also frequently working with fellow artists, notably Omer fasts production of Looking Pretty for God 2008 and Irina Botea for the 2013 Venice Biennale Romanian Pavilion. Mathew also records and produces sound for moving image; Anahita Ghazvinizadeh, winner of Cinefondation prize Cannes Film Festival 2013 for Needle and Assistant Director for Melika Bass' Vardeldur, Sigur Ros, 2012.

Mathew recently completed a new moving image work entitled The Unreliable Narrator, installed at threewalls Gallery, Chicago, January, 2013. Twelve months in production The Unreliable Narrator is a work shot on locations in India and Chicago, comprising of travel footage, performances, narration and field recordings, culminating in a long form social ethnographic documentary.

My work performs culture and collects memory. My installations, videos and performances appropriate and de-regulate social and historical constructs: self, nation, history. I use image and language as formal stand-ins for the latent territories that underlie these constructs and the thresholds that link them. Whilst frequently working with groups which intersect within a personal cultural legacy, my works have focused upon the loss of a political identity and the space of relocation resulting from this loss.

Current Interests

Wood, History, Leather, Glass, Metal, Food, Drink, Labor, Sonics, Inheritance, Perfume, Music, Language, Text, Image, Form, Fashion, Design, Performance.


Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.