MaxMara Art Prize for Women: Hannah Rickards
5-23 September 2009
The MaxMara Art Prize for Women in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery is a biannual award recognising the achievements of a UK-based artist who has not yet had a major solo exhibition. This exhibition celebrates the work of 2007–09 award winner, Hannah Rickards. Rickards’ video, sound and installation works frequently take naturally occurring phenomena as their starting point. For Birdsong (2002) the artist mimicked six passages of birdsong by altering a recording of her own voice. In Thunder (2005) the sound of a thunderclap was transformed into a seven minute score transcribed by composer David Murphy performed by a sextet before being played back at an accelerated speed.
This exhibition premieres a new screen-based work based on spoken accounts of the image of a city seen over Lake Michigan, the result of rare temperature inversion mirages. At the core of the film are the subjective divergences in the recollections of those who were witness to this phenomenon. Rickards’ new work forms the conclusion to a six-month residency at the American Academy in Rome and the Pistoletto Foundation in Biella funded through the Prize. Following its presentation in London, it will be presented at the Collezione Maramotti in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
Exhibition curated by Bina von Stauffenberg.
Exhibition and Hannah Rickards film commission supported by:
With additional support for production from Arts Council England.