12 April - 15 June 2008
Sharon Lockhart (*1964 in Norwood, Massachusetts) prepares for her photographs and films with time- and labor-intensive research efforts. Her early works contain allusions to classic films and film-still-like photographs that point to her immediate environment, Hollywood. One of her best-known works from this period is Audition (1994), a series of colour photographs in which boys and girls reenact a scene from François Truffaut’s L’argent de poche (Small Change) from 1975. The photographs, which look like film stills, create an irritating contradiction between the age of the performers and the scenes they are reenacting, a tension that is characteristic of Lockhart’s work, which often depicts children or young people in the transitional phase between childhood and adulthood.
The artist is interested not only in how cultural representation manifests itself in different stages of life, but also in how it does so in disparate geographical regions and contexts. Thus, for some of her projects, she spent several months in Japan and Brazil. A keen interest in the relationship between the visual arts and film, between the artificial staging of reality and its ostensibly authentic, realistic reproduction is one of the constants in her work.
Supported by CORA-Kunststiftung Hamburg
A catalogue will be published.