Matrix by Artist Przemyslaw Richter opens at Cork County Council’s LHQ Gallery

A close-up of a cross and a person's face

“Matrix”, an exhibition by Artist Przemyslaw Richter will open at Cork County Council’s LHQ Gallery on Friday, the 8th of September. The works explore the individual genetic patterns seen in human body parts with the support of biometric technology.

Unlocking your phone with your thumbprint and face recognition is quickly becoming the norm. These biometrics – fingerprints, iris scans – are unique human physical identifiers. By focusing on close ups of irises, Przemyslaw Richter wants to bring attention to these microscopic patterns and remind us that everyone has individual biometrics. His works, through the media of video and animation, look at identity and compare the microscopic abstract designs in the human body. 

Richter is an MTU Crawford College of Art and Design graduate who was awarded Cork County Council’s Arts Office Bursary in 2022 which resulted in this exhibition titled “Matrix”. 

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Frank O’Flynn says

We are delighted to support the work of emerging artists through our annual graduate bursary programme. Cork County Council appreciates the value of assisting newly graduated artists as they begin to build a career in the arts. Przemyslaw Richter’s degree show impressed us immeasurably, and we are excited to see where his career takes him next. His work is an important comment on the world we are living in now.

For this exhibition, Richter takes inspiration from Bruce Nauman's work Green Light Corridor, 1970, where he invites the audience to participate in the artwork allowing the audience to walk through a lit-up corridor. Richter’s series Identification takes over the gallery space, with projections on the two main walls. The placement of these projections forces the viewer to walk between them, interrupting the image and becoming part of the work. The interruption in the light, to Richter, is a scanning of the audience and replicates the scanning that is so commonplace in modern technology.

“Matrix” runs from the 8th of September to the 20th of October 2023 at LHQ Gallery, County Library, Carrigrohane Road, Cork. An opening event will take place on the 7th of September, all are welcome. For further information, contact Cork County Council’s Arts office at