Recently on view at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in in New York City were the photographs of artist Hannah Starkey. The artist’s photographs are created using actors shot on site within select locations. She reconstructs scenes from everyday life, investigating women engaged in routines of shopping, sitting in cafes, or simply conversing. The photographs reflect a detachment from emotions and a surge into inner contemplation as it renders the relatively insignificant moments of our lives. Through the carefully staging of each scene, the artist is also able to heighten and manipulate the sense of voyeurism in each photograph.
Starkey was born in Belfast and currently lives and works in London. She attended Napier University in Edinburgh and the Royal College of Art in London, receiving degrees in photography from both institutions. The artist has exhibited with Maureen Paley in London (2007), Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York (2006), Lisboa Photo (2005) and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin (2000).