Fotograf Magazine

Sarah Pickering

How to Participate in an Explosion

Over the past few years, London-based visual artist Sarah Pickering has caused quite a stir on the contemporary British photography scene. Pickering – a graduate of the Royal College of Art (2005) and recipient of numerous prestigious arts awards – frequently approaches the creation of her large-format photographs like a shaman or chemist and a little like a bartender. Viewers of this photographer’s neo-conceptual photographs are often intoxicated by the images’ disarming sense of urgency and indisputable aesthetic characteristics, but cannot predict in advance what this enchantment will bring -whether the irnages’ explosive cocktails will work as visual, socially engaged potions or whether their consumption will only lead to an unpleasant hangover.

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