Selected works by Hannah Starkey

Hannah Starkey
Untitled - September 2008

2008

C-type print

122 x 163 cm

Using actors within carefully considered settings, Hannah Starkey’s photographs reconstruct scenes from everyday life with the concentrated stylisation of film. Starkey’s images picture women engaged in regular routines such as loitering in the street, sitting in cafes, or passively shopping. Starkey captures these generic ‘in between’ moments of daily life with a sense of relational detachment. Her still images operate as discomforting ‘pauses’; 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, Starkey’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, Starkey’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.

Hannah Starkey
Untitled - January 2000

2000

C-type print

122 x 183cm
Hannah Starkey
Untitled - May 1997

1997

C-type print

122 x 152 cm
Hannah Starkey
Untitled - August 1999

1999

C-type print

122 x 152 cm
Hannah Starkey
Untitled - October 1998

1998

C-type print

122 x 152 cm
Hannah Starkey
Untitled - March 2002

2002

C-type print

122 x 183 cm
Hannah Starkey
Untitled - June 2007

2007

C-type print

122 x 152 cm
Hannah Starkey
Butterfly Catchers

1999

C-type print

122 x 152 cm

Text by William A Ewing


Other Resources

artfacts.net
Additional information on Hannah Starkey

artfacts.net
Photographer Hannah Stakey constructs complex, yet seemingly fleeting, images that primarily portray women's encounters with other women and their environment.

vam.ac.uk
Hannah Starkey has said that she likes to explore "everyday experiences and observations of inner city life from a female perspective". She does so by using generally female actors to create large-scale tableaux, in which the protagonists act out carefully staged scenarios.

bard.edu
Hannah Starkey’s filmic tableaux recall the dramatic yet measured tensions of Alfred Hitchcock or Edward Hopper. Working between reality and fiction with the mise-en-scène, Starkey reconstructs real people and observed situations using a vocabulary of codes and signs culled from contemporary urban culture.

findarticles.com - Openings: Hannah Starkey - artist/photographerby Barry Schwabsky
So here's the picture I fell in love with. A young woman sits alone in a coffee shop. It's morning. Her cigarette pack, coffee cup, and half-empty glass of OJ lie on the table, but she's not looking at them, or at the camera, either. Instead she looks back toward the mirror on the wall beside her.

source.ie
Additional information and images about Hannah Starkey

Irish Museum of Modern Art
Photographer Hannah Stakey constructs complex, yet seemingly fleeting, images that primarily portray women's encounters with other women and their environment. All the images are constructed within a contemporary urban environment, and respond to everyday, human experience.

maureenpaley.com
Hannah Starkey – Maureen Paley