"...Richardson pushes past the surface, and shows us darkness at its heart."

Murray Whyte, Toronto Star


"Eschewing simulated realities, and narrative or figurative content, Richardson's pioneering of the Jawa style took video sampling to an extreme."

Christopher McKinnon, Luma Quarterly


"His investigation of images tests the limits of our cultural and perceptual boundaries, which he breaks apart and reconfigures with disturbing precision."

David Jager, NOW magazine


"...an intense, ambitious artist at the top of his game."

Richard Rhodes, Canadian Art

Culture making and Iconoclast since 1996

Tasman Richardson has exhibited extensively internationally. His practice consists of video collage using the JAWA method (The technique he pioneered in 1996), fully immersive media installations (Kali Yuga, Arsenal Contemporary, Montreal 2019, Toronto 2020), and live a/v performances (X Avant Toronto, Elektra Montreal, IAF Tokyo). His themes to date have been a critical response to recorded media, which he dubbed contemporary necromancy (Necropolis, 2012, MOCCA). 

Download artist CV of selected works 2020



Q: What is Jawa technique?

A fully updated explanation of Jawa and how to go about doing it yourself is available in the manifesto PDF below.  Workshops can also be arranged.

Download the JAWA manifesto