French / British artist and photographer Cedric Arnold, was born in 1976 in the UK. It was while studying history at the University of Paris that he first took up photography and filmmaking,

taking courses in documentary filmmaking and spending hours in the darkroom. He began his career based in London & Belfast and later moved to Bangkok.

In his personal work, Cedric is often drawn towards exploring the markings of time, temporality and memory, this can be in the subject matter itself, or expressed with the medium

he uses: out of date film, old instant film, or even through chemically altering prints and emulsion.

Cedric’s work is part of private, institutional and museum collections such as the SOAS and British Library Collections.

He lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand.

Selected exhibitions

Natural History Museum, Los Angeles |‘Tattoos’ Nov 19 2017 – Apr 15 2018

Design Museum, Ghent‘A Wild Thing’ May 19 2017May 2018

Galerie Artima, Paris | ‘Black & White’ June 1st – July 9th 2017

Field Museum, Chicago‘Tattoos’  Oct 17, 2016 – Sept 4, 2017

Tropen Museum, Amsterdam | ‘Body Art II’,  March 2017 – Dec 2018

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto | ‘Tattoos’ April to Sept 2016

MAS | Museum aan de Stroom, Antwerp | ‘Body Art’ Feb 16 – April 17 2016

Museum of Folk Art, Santa Fe | ‘Sacred Realm’  Feb 28, 2016 to March 19, 2017

Olympia, London  |  Art 16 May 19-22, 2016

Grand Palais, Paris | Art Paris March 31st – April 3rd 2016

London Art Fair | Jan 16-20 2016

Galerie Olivier Waltman, Paris | ‘Theatre of the Untold’ Nov 6-22nd 2015

Tropen Museum, Amsterdam | ‘Body Art’,  March 20th | August 20th 2015

Musée du Quai Branly, Paris |  ‘Tatoueurs, tatoués’,  May 6th 2014 | Oct 18th 2015

Galerie Olivier Waltman, Paris | ‘Yantra: The Sacred ink’   May-Jun 2014

Galerie Olivier Waltman, London Art Fair, Jan 2014

Festival Photo Saint-Germain-des-Prés Galerie Olivier Waltman, Paris | Nov 2013

Le Magasin de Jouets, Arles | ‘Sacred Ink’  July – Sept 2013

SNAP Photo Festival, Orlando | ‘Sacred Ink’ May 2013

Yangon Photo Festival, Yangon | ‘Yangon Awakening’  Feb 2013

Farmani Gallery, Bangkok  | ‘Sacred Ink’  Nov 2012 – Jan 2013

Brunei Gallery London – SOAS | ‘Sacred Ink, The Tattoo Master’ Oct  Dec 2012

Chulalongkorn University Art Centre  Bangkok | ‘Sacred Ink’  May 2011

“Instants Tannes” at Alliance Francaise de Bangkok | May 2009

“Shadowing Light” at Amantee Gallery, Bangkok | May 2006

“Takraw” Shown to Olympic Committee at Paris’s town hall, L’Hotel de Ville| 2005

“Takraw” Bangkok month of photography II at Gallery F Stop| June 2004

For more information on the ‘Yantra: The Sacred Ink’ exhibition please click here

Publications (selection)

‘Tatoueurs, tatoués’, Musée du Quai Branly / Actes Sud

Geo, France (Yantra: The Sacred Ink)
IO Donna (Yangon Awakening)
Die Nacht (Yantra: The Sacred Ink)
Slate / Behold blog (Yantra: The Sacred Ink)
January Art Magazine (Yantra: The Sacred Ink)
Newsweek International (cover) (Yangon Awakening)
Newsweek Japan / Picture Power (Yantra: The Sacred Ink)
South China Morning Post (Yangon Awakening)
The Sunday Times Magazine / Spectrum (Yantra: The Sacred Ink)

Photoworks (Yantra: The Sacred Ink)


‘Yantra: The Sacred Ink’ , is a documentary short on Thailand’s talismanic tattoo tradition – see it at:

Field Museum | Chicago Oct 17, 2016 – April 30, 2017

Tropen Museum, Amsterdam | March 2017

Museum of Folk Art, Santa Fe | Feb 28, 2016 to March 19, 2017

Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario | April to Sept 2016

Past screenings:

MAS | Museum aan de Stroom, Antwerp | Feb 16 – April 17 2016

Tropen Museum, Amsterdam | March 20th – August 20th 2015

Musée du Quai Branly, Paris | May 6th 2014 – Oct 18th 2015

Galerie Olivier Waltman, Paris | May-Jun 2014

Public collections

British Library Collections
SOAS, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

More: Publications / Tearsheets

Gallery Representation

Galerie Olivier Waltman / Paris