Hannah Rickards

Hannah Rickards lives and works in London. She is the recipient of the Nigel Greenwood Art Prize in 2018, the Philip Leverhulme Prize in Visual and Performing Arts in 2015 and the Max Mara Art Prize for Women in 2008/9. Her work has been exhibited at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Witte de With, Rotterdam; and at the South London Gallery. She has previously had solo exhibitions at Modern Art Oxford, Whitechapel Gallery, The Showroom, London and Artspeak, Vancouver. Her work deals with perception and its description; with how one can translate an encounter, be that with a sound, an object, a space or an image. It is centered on the framing of description in language, gesture and sound. To date, in particular, her work has explored, in installation, video, text and sound works, the relationship between atmospheric phenomena and experience of them: a sound heard accompanying the aurora borealis, a remembered image of a mirage, a thunderclap re-performed by a musical ensemble. Rickards’ current area of interest and research is centered on the relationship between either temporary or permanent elements in a landscape and the perception of groups or individuals to a landscape as a whole, with the specific sites concerned being used as both a vantage point and a stage for examining our verbal, auditory, spatial and gestural relationship with our surroundings.