John Goto

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John Goto (born 1949 Stockport, England) is a British photographic artist.[1] His work addresses a range of historical, cultural and socio-political subject areas,[2] often using a satirical approach.

Goto's first one-man exhibition, Goto, Photographs 1971-81, was held at the Photographer's Gallery in London in 1981. Other solo shows include Terezin, at the Raab Gallery, Berlin, in 1988; The Scar, Manchester City Museum and Art Gallery, 1993; The Commissar of Space, MOMA, Oxford, 1998; Loss of Face, Tate Britain, London, 2002; High Summer, The British Academy, London, 2005;[3] and Dreams of Jelly Roll, Freud Museum, London, 2012.[4]

Goto was Artist-in-Residence at Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge, 1988-9.[5]

Gtoto's books include Ukadia,[6][7] published to coincide with a solo exhibition at Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham, 2003, and Lovers’ Rock,[8] which is a series of portraits made in 1977 by Goto of young British Afro-Caribbeans.

In 2007, the Telegraph listed Goto as one of the top 100 living geniuses.[9]


  1. ^ "Prof John Goto's Biography". Debrett's. Archived from the original on 9 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Artists/Authors". Autograph ABP. Archived from the original on 5 December 2013.
  3. ^ Who’s Who 2010, A&C Black Publishers Ltd, London, 2009, ISBN 978-1-408-11414-8
  4. ^ "John Goto: Dreams of Jellyroll". London: Freud Museum. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  5. ^ Katie Maynard (1 September 2008). "Kettle's Yard interview with John Goto". Kettle's Yard. Archived from the original on 17 May 2014.
  6. ^ John Goto (2013). Ukadia. Nottingham: Djanogly Art Gallery. ISBN 1-900809-16-8.
  7. ^ David Campbell (June 2004). "Dancing to the music of the till—John Goto's Ukadia" (PDF). Parachute. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  8. ^ John Goto (2013). Lovers' Rock. London: Autograph ABP. ISBN 978-1-899-282-16-6.
  9. ^ "Top 100 Living Geniuses". Telegraph.

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