__§__ NO SITUATIONS // HANNAH STARKEY __§__
Like me, young women living in the contemporary city.
They suggested a narrative that had been artificially suspended in time that you can connect
with on an intuitive level.
Hannah is not interested in making a particular portrait o a particular woman, she's interested
in the type.
British photographer. She studied in Edinburgh at Napier University (1992–5) and at the Royal College of Art, London (1996–7). Starkey's earliest work, produced in the mid-1990s, suggested a conventional documentary approach and was often characterised by a preoccupation with the resonance of ordinary objects. In her later work she began to capture more portentous scenes, recording activities with an almost theatrical character.
Often, the young women in Starkey's photographs seem bored and melancholic and appear to be waiting for time to pass; she has described her work as ‘explorations of everyday experiences and observations of inner city life from a female perspective'. A number of her photographs have been set out of doors, sometimes seeming to carry with them a quasi-religious symbolism or a sense of the artificiality of nature, as in Butterfly Catchers, which depicts two girls stumbling precariously over rubble under a darkened sky.