Hiding within Plain Sight - The Nightjar Project

Mark Gibbs explores the mechanics and poetics of camouflage though dark lens of Nightjars.

Nightjars are a family of small insect eating birds; European Nightjar are summer migrants to the UK from central Africa and the Middle East. Crepuscular or nocturnal they rest during the day relying on highly evolved cryptic camouflage.

Mark’s artwork has evolved hybrid birds; their plumage pattern replaced by contemporary military camouflage. Or weaponised landscapes where nightjars hide against newly developed concealment systems.

Mark was delighted to present his Nightjar Project as part of the 2020  Life With and Without Animals Conference University of Derby