Join us for this special opening night of Wolfson’s latest art exhibition. Hannah Lister, winner of this year's Wolfson Royal Academy School Graduate prize will be in conversation with Dr Meredith Hale about her solo exhibition, Signs for the Living.
Hannah Lister’s photographs are complex, subtle, multi-layered works. They invite the viewer to engage with the questions they pose about representational image-making in general and the nature of photography in particular, but they also raise larger symbolic and spiritual concerns, about our position in time, our embodied relationship to landscapes and to the environment, and about our connections with others.
Hannah uses analogue photography and printing to cultivate chance and intuitively sifts its potential. Her emphasis on the materiality of the photograph, which she sometimes enhances by deliberately embracing potential flaws in the process of print-making, is in subtle dialogue with her photographs’ representational functions. We contemplate the quizzical glance or equivocal gesture in a portrait, the evocative landscape with its evidence of presence and distance simultaneously, the mundane object freighted with unexpected and enigmatic symbolism. The photograph is never objectively, transparently recording: it is an image, a selection, an artifice; but it is also weighty and mysterious, pregnant with some undefined meaning, elusive and allusive simultaneously.
17:30 Exhibition viewing
18:00 Welcome from Wolfson Arts Committee and Hannah Lister in conversation with Dr Meredith Hale
18:30 Drinks reception
Free booking required via Eventbrite.
Art Exhibitions at Wolfson
You can find out more about exhibitions at Wolfson on the Arts page.