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Sean Hancock

Photograph of rock and shadow by MA Photography student Sean Hancock
Photograph of rock and shadow by MA Photography student Sean Hancock
Architectural model with shadow photographed by Sean Hancock
Architectural model with shadow photographed by Sean Hancock

Lost and found

I am a mixed-media artist that produces photographic stills and moving image outcomes based on architectural structures in towns that have fallen out of favour.

Within these towns I have explored the historical contexts of the chosen building highlighting the potential cultural value and often the precarious situation these buildings are in.

Growing up in a town deeply affected by planning I have first-hand experience of the sense of loss and perhaps nostalgia created by questionable planning choices. I am interested in seeing if this sense of loss is more than nostalgia or whether it has a direct effect on our sense of identity and belonging. I have explored the ideas of philosophers such as Bourdieu and theorists such as Neil Leech who both look directly at spaces that have lost their performativity and how archives (heritage) and buildings become dormant.

My work looks at putting on a performance through making and exhibiting, and celebrating a cultural past by sharing my research through stills and moving image responses. I hope to highlight our tenuous relationship with our architectural heritage and perhaps question urban planning decisions.

Exhibition:

Psychotectural Studies of Great Yarmouth 2019 –  Ex Marks the Spot Gallery – Great Yarmouth

Conference/summit attended:

Creative Centres Summit: Exploring Creating Great Places in Changing Times – Great Yarmouth

Website:

seanbrendanhancock.com

Instagram:

@seanhancockphotofilm

 

Lizzie Starling