Patrick Waterhouse (b. 1981, England) is an artist who questions existing representations that often relate to race; revealing their origins, constructions and validity. In 2008, Waterhouse started work on his renowned series Ponte City, made in collaboration with Mikhael Subotzky, in which the pair investigated the fabled fifty-four storey cylindrical apartment building that towers over Johannesburg. Through an exhaustive six years they probed the varying (and sometimes problematic) perspectives of this icon, revealing new and alternative accounts of the building’s history with the help of the residents. Collaboration is always near in Waterhouse’s work; whether it is the small gesture of being accepted into someone’s home, or more directly through working with communities as he has done in Restricted Images, Waterhouse is aware of the essential place relationships have in learning about a world that is so often distorted for the desires of a select few.
Waterhouse’s work has been exhibited internationally in institutions including The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao (2016); National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C (2015); The Photographers’ Gallery, London (2015); The National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh (2014); FotoMuseum Antwerpen (2014); Le Bal, Paris (2014); Biennale de Lubumbashi, DR Congo (2013); The International Center of Photography Triennial, New York (2013); Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool (2012); The Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich (2011) and South African National Gallery, Cape Town (2010). His work is held in major public and private collections including Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York; The National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C and The Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm, Germany. Awards include the Discovery Award at Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles in 2011 and the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize in 2015 for Ponte City (with Mikhael Subotzky).
In 2011 Waterhouse became Editor-in-chief of Colors magazine, creating a new editorial direction (The Survival Guides) and building a global team of photographers, designers, editors, writers, artists, researchers and bloggers. The Survival guide series consists of 10 printed issues, with touring exhibitions and workshops.