Quietly contemplative yet intensely evocative, Hannah Starkey's photographs explore the physical and psychological connections between the individual and her everyday urban surroundings. Since the beginning of her career, the artist has worked predominantly with women as her subjects, collaborating closely with actresses as well as anonymous acquaintances she meets on-site to develop intricately textured scenes. Stark architectural backdrops and strong associations of color and imagery heighten the sensation of her compositions on both a formal and associative level, triggering personal interpretations and a deeper mediation on the experience of the visual world at large.
- Processions, London 2018, 2018
- ‘My clothes are not my consent’, Women’s March, London 2017, 2017
- Untitled, Paris, November 2016, 2016
- Geraldine and the stag, Paris, December 2016, 2016
- Untitled, March 2013, 2013
- Untitled, January 2013, 2013
- Untitled, February 2013, 2013
- Self portrait, February 2013, 2013
- Untitled, July 2012, 2012
- Self-Portrait, September 2008, 2008
- Untitled, September 2008, 2008
- Drama School - 2006, 2006
- Untitled - December 2005, 2005
- Untitled - November 2005, 2005
Born in Belfast in 1971, Starkey currently lives and works in London. She received a B.A. in Photography and Film from Napier University in Edinburgh in 1995 and an M.A. in Photography from Royal College of Art in London in 1997. She has received numerous awards and honors throughout her career, which include the Vogue Condé Nast Award (1997), the 3rd International Tokyo Photo Biennale’s Award for Excellence (1999), and the St. James Group Ltd Photography Prize (2002).
In 2000, the artist presented her first major solo exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. Other important solo presentations include Twenty-Nine Pictures at the Mead Gallery at Warwick Arts Centre in Coventry, UK (2011) and Church of Light Altarpiece, a site-specific commission for St. Catherine’s Church in Frankfurt (2010). Her work has also been exhibited as part of important group presentations at Tate Liverpool, Huis Marseille Museum for Photography in Amsterdam, Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nantes, France, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, and the National Portrait Gallery in London, among other museums worldwide.
Starkey’s photographs are represented in the collections of the Tate in London, Huis Marseille Museum for Photography in Amsterdam, Seattle Art Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Castello di Rivoli in Turin, Italy, and Centraal Museum in Utrecht.
Songs in the DarkTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York January 11 - February 20, 2020
Hannah StarkeyTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York January 5 - February 9, 2019
HANNAH STARKEY: IN THE COMPANY OF MOTHERSTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York April 18 - June 8, 2013
Hannah StarkeyTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York April 23 - June 20, 2009
Hannah StarkeyTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York October 21 - November 25, 2006
Hannah StarkeyOnline Publication 2019
Moments in the Modern World: Photographic Works by Hannah Starkey 1997 - 2000Val Williams, Hannah Starkey, 2000 Paperback, 16 pages pages
Publisher: Irish Museum Of Modern Art, Dublin
Dimensions: 210 x 250mm
Hannah Starkey: Photographs 1997 - 20072007 Hardcover, pages
Publisher: Steidl, Göttingen
Hannah Starkey: Twenty-Nine PicturesMargaret Iversen, Sarah Shalgosky, 2011 hardback, 88 pages
Publisher: University of Warwick
Dimensions: 270mm x 225mm
Hannah Starkey: Photographs 1997 - 2017Liz Jobey, Charlotte Cotton, 2018 Hardback, 184 pages pages
Publisher: MACK, London
Dimensions: 27.3 x 28.3 cm
Hannah StarkeyTateShots | 'This is an Important Moment for Women' December 22, 2017Photographer Hannah Starkey’s images explore female perspective both as the subject and viewer. The Northern Irish artist talks us through her process when it comes to creating an image and how having young daughters influenced her work. Starkey also gave us an exclusive look at project she worked on with images taken at the Women’s March in London in January 2017.