Sharon Lockhart

Artist lecture Wednesday, October 05, 2016 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., San Francisco, CA 94107
Milena, Jarosław, Poland, 2013, 2014

Sharon Lockhart’s practice is extensive, spanning several decades of immersive, socially-engaged, and research-intensive projects. Her work considers how the quotidian unfolds in front of a camera. She explores the intersections of film and photography—staging still images as one would a film and composing films in the manner of photographs. Often devoid of sentiment, her visual representations are nevertheless deeply humane and intimate in their focus on everyday situations, while reflecting broader global conditions through their historically grounded approach.

Adolescence is a recurring theme in Lockhart’s filmmaking and photography. She captures children at the edge of maturity, self-absorbed in isolated moments of daily life. With a display of stillness and an attention to the awkwardness of adolescence, Lockhart has created images that oppose the stereotypical melodrama used to describe this phase of life. Drawn to the vulnerability and openness of teenagers transitioning into adulthood, she has shown a unique ability to enter others’ lives, gain their trust and affection, and produce images free of judgment or preconception.

Lockhart holds an MFA from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA and a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work has been widely exhibited, including solo exhibitions at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; and Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland. She has been awarded numerous distinctions, including the Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships. Lockhart is on the faculty at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program

Pier 24 Photography is pleased to present the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program in collaboration with California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Each year, the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program brings six photographers, writers, and curators to San Francisco to offer free and open lectures, and to work one-on-one with students at California College of the Arts.

Larry Sultan Photography Award

Bieke Depoorter, from the series I am about to call it a day, 2010.

Bieke Depoorter

Fall 2018 Residency
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

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Photographer Bieke Depoorter (b. 1986, Belgium) travels the world to find her subjects, creating extraordinarily intimate photographs that straddle portraiture, documentary, and fiction. The relationships she creates with those she photographs are the key to her work. As Depoorter describes it, “The relationships I establish with my subjects are the foundation of my artistic practice…. The resulting stories are always partially mine, partially theirs.”

In her early work, Depoorter traveled to far-flung locales in Russia, Egypt, and the United States, befriending locals to photograph. She asked her subjects if she could spend the night in their homes, building rapport and trust that eventually allowed her to capture the mundane, routine, ordinary moments of their lives. Depoorter’s first such project, Ou Menya, documented her encounters in the homes of locals in Russia. She completed a similar, long-term project in the United States titled I am about to call it a day.

In As It May Be, a project photographed in Egypt beginning just after the revolution in 2011, she tried to find trust in a time of turmoil and suspicion, in an environment where private life is often shielded. With this project, she also started to question her use of the photographic medium. Conscious of her status as an outsider, she returned to Egypt in 2017 with the first draft of the book, inviting others to write comments directly on the photographs. Contrasting views on country, religion, society, and photography arise among people who would otherwise never engage in a dialogue with one another. In Sete#15 (2015) and the short film Dvalemodus (2017), she began to conceive of her subjects as actors, projecting her own fictional narratives onto her subjects’ factual environments, thereby blurring the line between her world and theirs. In her most recent projects, such as the ongoing project Agata (2017), Depoorter works even more collaboratively with her subjects.

She has published four books, and her work has been shown in the United States and Europe, including Photomuseum The Hague, The Netherlands and an upcoming exhibition at FOMU Antwerp, Belgium. She joined the Magnum agency as a nominee in 2012 and a full member in 2016. She is the recipient of the Magnum Expression award and the Prix levallois, among other accolades.

Depoorter lives and works in Ghent, Belgium.