Sara Hannant

These antique magic lantern slides of unknown provenance are aesthetically altered to interrogate the tragic legacy of colonialism, photographic technological history, and how the two are often aligned.

Sara Hannant

I am an artist and photographer based in London. My practice began in the documentary tradition, which I continue to explore and expand through experimental and collaborative approaches. I recognise the diverse expressive possibilities of photography and continually strive to expand my practice conceptually and formally using analogue, digital and alternative processes. Born in England, I studied Art in the Social Context at Dartington College of Arts 1984, Documentary Photography at Newport Art College 1988 and MA Transnational Art at UAL 2010.

Recent awards: Winner Pollux Awards 2022: Alternative Processes, Runner-up Julia Margaret Cameron Award 2022: Alternative Processes, 2021 Selected Best of Show International Photography Awards, IPA Jury Top 5 and Country Pick: United Kingdom, IPA 2nd Place in the Professional Analog/Film, Other, 2021 Runner-up Julia Margaret Cameron Award: Alternative Processes, Honourable Mention PX3 Prix de la Photographie 2021, Siena Creative Photo Awards 2021 and Winner Pollux Awards 2020: Alternative Processes.

My work has been supported by Arts Council England and National Lottery Heritage Fund. Books include ‘Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A journey through the English Ritual Year’ (2011) and ‘Of Shadows: One Hundred Objects from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic’ with Simon Costin (2016). I have exhibited widely including at The Royal Society of Arts, Christie’s, Horniman Museum and Towner Gallery. My photographs have been featured on the BBC, Zeit, Atlas Obscura and in The Guardian, The Sunday Times, and The British Journal of Photography among others. Since 2010 I have been a visiting lecturer at City, University of London.

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