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  • Hannah Starkey 1997-2017
  • Hannah Starkey 1997-2017
  • Hannah Starkey 1997-2017

Hannah Starkey 1997-2017

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Since the mid-1990s, North Irish photographer Hannah Starkey has devoted her work to women and the ways in which photography has shaped ideas about what it means to be a woman. Known for her cinematic settings, Starkey constructs portraits of women of different generations, often located in everyday urban contexts. Offering the vision of the flâneuse - a feminine counterpoint to the artistic tradition of the male flâneur - Starkey's images reveal moments of private reflection, alienation or social interaction that might otherwise go unseen: a woman fleetingly fascinated by reflection of another woman, or the attention gaze of a mother carrying her child. Like modern genre paintings, Starkey's images are motivated by familiar narratives, but those that play on visual languages ​​of various photographic genres - including street, documentary, film, fine art, and fashion - to subtly probe the ways in which women are represented in popular culture. As Starkey said, "I really think visual culture is the last battleground for women's equality and freedom." From her early photographs staged in Belfast to her recent documentation of the 2017 London Women's March, this catalog raisonné traces two decades of Starkey's influential image creation and serves as an important touchstone for discussions on the feminine gaze. The book includes a biographical essay by curator and writer Charlotte Cotton and a candid conversation between the artist and editor and writer Liz Jobey.

Hardback, 184 pages

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