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Hannah Starkey has described her photographs as exploring 'women's lives through their everyday interactions'. In her staged scenes, actresses and other hired models re-enact ostensibly insignificant and banal moments, of the kind that often go unnoticed in daily life. By freezing such moments in time, Starkey hopes to elevate them above the mundane and create lasting allegories for modern life. Her carefully planned and directed compositions fuse influences from painting and cinema. However, she withholds the possibility of any narrative conclusion, leaving viewers to construct their own fictions around her images.

September 2004