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Sara Hibbert

MA work


Atlas explores notions of observation, distance and perception, drawing from research into the visual and haptic experiences of eye tests, eclipses and migraine aurae.

These fragmented sensory narratives circulate a specific event in the history of ophthalmology – the first ever accurate representation of the back of the eye. An endless, repeating landscape is seen through an undefined optical device, and through the act of observing and documenting this fragile, parabolic surface, emerges a parallel encounter with an astronomical unknown.

In total darkness, the layers of glass readjust; a crescent is burned onto the retina.

With thanks to Richard Keeler at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, for assisting with my research and with the accessing of Richard Liebreich’s 'Atlas of Ophthalmology’.


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Photography, 2015



  • Working across moving image, photography and installation, I am interested in moments of disruption within sensory and imagined experience, and areas of overlap between perception, technology and belief.

    Engaging with scientific, historical and fictional points of reference, my work explores perceived shifts between the bodily and the transcendental, the tangible and the immaterial, and the borderlands that exist between vision and consciousness. Through these narratives, my practice attempts to unravel notions of self and 'other’ (unknown or unseen phenomena), while considering the roles of technological prostheses, 'instruments of the imagination', and encounters between body and device. 

    Outcomes often incorporate processes of optical distortion, layering and abstraction, using both new and old technologies, continually referencing the dislocation and unreliability of the ‘dream-image’. Sensations of distance are frequently blurred – confusing the vast, the infinite and the telescopic, with the microscopic, the biological and the internal.

  • Degrees

  • BA Fine Art, Kingston University, 2008
  • Exhibitions

  • Night Contact, Brighton Photo Biennial, Brighton, 2014; Actual|Virtual, Farringdon Factory 2, London, 2014; Great Exhibitionists Festival, Royal College of Music, London, 2014; RCA Secret, The Royal College of Art, London, 2014 ; Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, 2014; Open Factory, Farringdon Factory, London, 2013; An Undelivered Postcard from the Edge of the World, Jotta, London, 2013; The Albert Launch, The Albert Project, London, 2013; Broadcast 1, Superlative TV, PAMI, The Montepelier, London, 2012; Sum of Substance, Jotta / AAF, London, 2012; Orientations, Hoxton Art Gallery, London, 2011; Remastered, Intel / Jotta, CUBE Gallery, Manchester, 2011; Lightworks, Grimsby Minster, Lincolnshire, 2011; Remastered, Intel / Jotta, One Marylebone, London, 2011; Kingston University Degree Show, Kingston, 2008
  • Awards

  • Relax Digital Commission, RCA and Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Trust, 2015