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Leonora Hamill

PhD Work

Rouffach is a multi-channel video installation commissioned by the Centre Hospitalier de Rouffach, a psychiatric hospital in Alsace.


This commission allowed me to investigate the encounter with the other mediated through the camera.


In my practice I explore the dimensions of empathy — a drive to respond with an appropriate emotion to another person’s thoughts and feelings.


MA work

Empathy: a sense of similarity in feelings experienced by the self and the other, without confusion between the two.

I am fascinated by the expression of inner states, how they are conveyed visually and how the spectator reacts to these representations.

In my practice I analyse the face, the body and the beholder as ciphers for emotion. I concentrate on the self, the other and what brings them together yet inevitably separates them - empathy.

Info

  • PhD

    School

    School of Humanities

    Programme

    Photography, 2009–2012

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Humanities

    Programme

    MA Photography, 2008

  • Rouffach is a multi-channel video installation commissioned by the Centre Hospitalier de Rouffach, a psychiatric hospital in Alsace.


    This commission allowed me to investigate the encounter with the other mediated through the camera.


    In my practice I explore the dimensions of empathy — a drive to respond with an appropriate emotion to another person’s thoughts and feelings.


  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons), History of Art, Courtauld Institute, London, 1999; MA, Visual Culture and the History of Art, University of Oxford, 2000; BA (Hons) History of Art, Courtauld Institute, London, 1999; MSt History of Art and Visual Studies, University of Oxford, 2000; Diploma in General Studies in Photography, International Center of Photography, New York, 2003
  • Exhibitions

  • Art in Progress, Podbielski Contemporary (MIA Art Fair), Milan, Italy, 2011; Cumulus Momentum 1, La Cite Radieuse de Le Corbusier, Marseilles, France, 2011; Summer Group Show, Podbielski Contemporary, Berlin, Germany, 2011; Giorni Felici, Casa Testori, Milan, Italy, 2011; Bearings: The Female Figure, PS122 Gallery, New York, USA, 2006; Rencontres d'Arles, Photo Folio Gallery, Atelier de la Chaudronnerie, Arles, France, 2006; Failure/Success (Krakow Photomonth), Nova Huta Cultural Centre, Krakow, Poland, 2007; Photoespana, Descubrimientos, Museo Municipal de Arte Contemporaneo, Madrid, Spain, 2007
  • Awards

  • Winner, Rencontres d’Arles Laureate Award, 2006; Finalist, Leica Europe Prize, 2007; Finalist, PHotoEspaña Awards, 2007; Finalist, Photography, Man Group Photography Prize, 2007; Finalist, Photography, Its#Six International Talent Support, 2007; Laureate, Photography, Leica Prix, 2007