Hannah Starkey: Twenty Nine Pictures

15 Jan 2011 – 12 Mar 2011

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Mead Gallery

Coventry, United Kingdom


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In her first major solo show in ten years, Twenty Nine Pictures brings together twenty nine striking by internationally renowned photographer Hannah Starkey. Reconstructing scenes from the everyday, Hannah Starkey infuses them with the stylisation of film that is characteristic of her work. Her photographs emerge from a split second and yet are resolved into what appears as an extended moment in time. These carefully composed scenarios have the sense of compressed narratives, offering a rich and detailed story presented to us through the smallest of clues: the position of a glass; the pool of shadow; the averted gaze of the figure. Twenty-Nine Pictures, Starkey's first solo museum exhibition for ten years, examines the development of a remarkable body of work, and marks the transfer of her image-making from film to digital photography with brilliant effect. The artist invites us to acknowledge the alienation and the redemption present in contemporary life in pictures of remarkable beauty and extraordinary intelligence.

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