Using actors within carefully considered settings, Hannah Starkeyâ€™s photographs reconstruct scenes from everyday life with the concentrated stylisation of film. Starkeyâ€™s images picture women engaged in regular routines such as loitering in the street, sitting in cafes, or passively shopping. Starkey captures these generic â€˜in betweenâ€™ moments of daily life with a sense of relational detachment. Her still images operate as discomforting â€˜pausesâ€™; where the banality of existence is freeze-framed in crisis point, creating reflective instances of inner contemplation, isolation, and conflicting emotion.
Through the staging of her scenes, Starkeyâ€™s images evoke suggestive narratives through their appropriation of cultural templates: issues of class, race, gender, and identity are implied through the physical appearance of her models or places. Adopting the devices of filmography, Starkeyâ€™s images are intensified with a pervasive voyeuristic intrusion, framing moments of intimacy for unapologetic consumption. Starkey often uses composition to heighten this sense of personal and emotional disconnection, with arrangements of lone figures separated from a group, or segregated with metaphoric physical divides such as tables or mirrors.
Often titling her work as Untitled, followed by a generalised date of creation, her photographs parallel the interconnected vagueness of memory, recalling suggestions of events and emotions without fixed location or context. Her work presents a platform where fiction and reality are blurred, illustrating the gap between personal fragility and social construction, and merging the experiences of strangers with our own.
Born in 1971, Belfast, Ireland
Lives and works in London, UK
2013 Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
2011 Hannah Starkey: â€¨Twenty-Nine Pictures, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast
2010 Maureen Paley, London
Hannah Starkey: Church of Light Altarpiece, St Catherine's Church, Frankfurt
2009 Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
2007 Maureen Paley, London
2006 Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
2005 Lisboa Photo 2005, Lisbon, (C)
2004 Maureen Paley Interim Art, London
2002 Monica de Cardenas, Milan
Maureen Paley Interim Art, London
2000 Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, (C)
Maureen Paley Interim Art, London
Progetto, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, (C)
Galleria Raucci/Santamaria, Naples
1998 Maureen Paley Interim Art, London
2015 History Is Now: 7 Artists Take on Britain, Hayward Gallery, London, UK
Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915 â€“ 2015, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
2014 Magnum: One Archive, Three Views | BPB14, Part of Brighton Photo Biennale 2014, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea, UK
Stanze/Rooms Works From The Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection, Me Collectors Room Berlin / Olbricht Foundation, Berlin, Germany
The Faraway Nearby, F.E McWilliam Gallery, County Down
2013 Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography, Belfast Exposed and The MAC, Belfast, Ireland
2012 Borrowed Memories: a selection of works from the collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Luan Gallery, Athlone, Ireland
Out Of Focus: Photography, Saatchi Gallery, London
2011 Seoul Photo Festival, Seoul, South Korea
Photography I, Snapshots of a Generation, Wentrup Gallery, Berlin
Nothing in the World but Youth, Turner Contemporary, Margate
2009 With You I Want to Live: Francie Bishop Good & David Horvitz Collection, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale
QUAD & FORMAT International Photography Festival, Derby, UK.
2008 Seeing the Light, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York.
M25: Around London, Centre Cultural Andratx, Mallorca, curated by Barry Schwabsky.
2007 Something That Iâ€™ll Never Really See, Contemporary Photography from the V&A, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art, Norwich.
Visual Dialogues, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester.
Between Today and Yesterday, Turnpike Gallery, Wigan.
2006 Jugend von Heute / Youth of Today, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt.
The Portrait: Full Face and Profile, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston.
2005 Motor Blues â€“ The donation autowerke given by BMW financial services to the museum der bildenden Kunste Leipzig, Museum der bildenden Kunste Leipzig, (C).
Berlin Photography Festival, Berlin, (C).
2004 Take Five ! Huis Marseille turns five, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam.
2003 Sodium Dreams, Center for Curatorial Studies Museum, Bard College, New York.
A bigger s[lash â€“ British art from Tate â€“ 1960 â€“ 2003, Pavihao lucas Nogueira Garcez â€“ Oca Parque ibirapuera, Sao Paul & Instituto Tomie Ohtake, (C).
2002 The St, JamesGroup Ltd Photography Prize 2002, Flowers East, London.
Coming of Age, The New Art Gallery, Walsall.
Landscape, Saatchi Gallery @ 30 Underwood Street, London.
Painted, Printed and Produced in Great Britain, Grant Selwyn Fine Art, New York.
2001 Melancholy, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland.
UBS Warburg, London, UK, (C).
Telling Tales: Narrative Impulses in Recent Art, Tate Liverpool.
No World Without You, Reflections of Identity in New British Art,
Herzliya Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, (C).
Extended Painting, Monica de Cardenas, Milan.
Instant City, Museo Pecci, Prato, Italy, (C).
Citibank Private Bank Photography Prize, The Photographersâ€™ Gallery, London, (C)
2000 Suspendidos, Centro de FotografÃa, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain.
Imago, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain.
Give and Take: The Contemporary Art Society at the Jerwood, Jerwood Space, London.
1999 Dreamlands, Portfolio gallery, Edinburgh, (C).
Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels.
Clues, Monte Video, Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam.
3rd International Tokyo Photo Bienalle, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan, (C).
Nederlands Foto Instituut, Rotterdam (joint exhibition with Francis Kearny)