Oliver Flexman was born in 1978. After graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone and L'École Supérieure d'Art d'Aix-en-Provence he worked as an engaged or social practice artist for six years. In 2010 Oliver began a new body of work partly in response to the memories and nostalgia of living in the Middle East as a child. The work investigates how the same elements of culture, commerce and identity are pervasive in opposing or radically different cultures. The work looks at the strength of personal investment people of all cultures put into inanimate or mass-produced objects and the role of context in articulating or proposing these item’s specific and varied meanings. In 2012 the work can be seen in solo exhibitions at Exeter Phoenix and the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter.