Working in video, sound and text, Hannah Rickards’ work deals with the translation of natural phenomena into formalised language. Her works have explored the verbal descriptions of the sound of the Northern Lights (...a legend, it, it sounds like a legend..., 2007) and accounts of images seen as a result of mirages on the Great Lakes (No, there was no red, 2009). In Thunder (2005), working in collaboration with the composer David Murphy, she reconstructed the sound of a thunder clap using six musical instruments.
Hannah Rickards was born in London where she lives and works. In 2008 she was the recipient of bi-annual Max Mara Art Prize for Women in conjunction with the Whitechapel; she has also had solo exhibitions at Pawnshop Gallery, Los Angeles (2005) and The Showroom, London (2007). Recent group exhibitions include The Object of the Attack, David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2009); Chasing Napoleon, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2009); The Quick and the Dead, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2009) and Nought to Sixty, ICA, London (2008).
Hannah Rickards was selected to do a six week residency at SOMA, Mexico City within Gasworks' International Fellowship Programme.
SOMA is a non-profit experimental project in Mexico City focusing on three programmes: residencies for local and international artists, professional education for contemporary artists and a public programme of talks, screenings and other events. SOMA has been conceived to optimise discussion and exchange in the field of contemporary art, acting as a counterpoint to the dynamics of art schools, museums, and galleries. It has been conceived by local contemporary artists with the intention of building upon the experiences of local alternative spaces like La Panadería and T44.