3rd June 9th July
Opening 2nd June 7-9pm
Ormeau Baths Gallery is delighted to host a major exhibition of the internationally acclaimed photographer Hannah Starkey. This exhibition will be the first major show in her native city Belfast and will include five new works relating to Northern Ireland. This exhibition is part of a series in OBG to promote artists from Northern Ireland. This exhibition is curated by Professor Liam Kelly.
Hannah Starkey's photographs use actors to create carefully staged scenarios. Her works set up a tension between the real and the imaginary; she draws our attention to the banality and dehumanizing effects of the constructed environments in which we lead so much of our lives. Her images often capture moments of quiet drama; Starkey's narratives suggest that we have caught her characters unawares for a moment, leaving us to imagine the build-up to the incident portrayed.
Starkey was born in Belfast in 1971. She studied Photography and Film at Napier University, Edinburgh, followed by an MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art, graduating in 1997. Since then her work has been shown internationally, including at the Saatchi Gallery, London (1998), the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and the Nederlands Foto Instituut, Rotterdam (1999), Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2000), the Irish Museum of Modern Art (2000), Tate Liverpool (2001), New Art Gallery, Walsall (2002), Bard College, New York (2003), Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig (2005), the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (2006), and the Mead Gallery, Coventry (2011). She has been represented by Maureen Paley, London since 1997.
There will be a series of events to accompany the exhibition including a tour of the exhibition with Hannah Starkey on Saturday 4th June at 3pm, a talk by Charlotte Cotton on Friday 10th June at 7pm, a talk by Professor Margaret Iversen at 22nd June at 7pm. There will also be a film screening in collaboration with QFT of Wings of Desire on 5th July at 7pm and a practical photography workshop to accompany this exhibition at 2pm on 9th July. For more information on these events click here
OBG would like to acknowledge the support and collaboration of Maureen Paley Gallery, London