Hannah StarkeyButterfly Catchers 1999

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Artwork details

Artist
Hannah Starkey (born 1971)
Title
Butterfly Catchers
Date 1999
MediumPhotograph, colour, Chromogenic print, on paper mounted onto aluminium
Dimensionsimage: 1220 x 1600 mm frame: 1265 x 1645 x 40 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 2001
Reference
P78422
Not on display

Summary

Butterfly Catchers is a large, colour photograph of two teenage girls on a demolition site. They are viewed in the process of picking their way across a landscape of rubble which fills nearly half of the image. Behind them, nondescript industrial buildings dating from the early part of the twentieth century define the limits of the demolished site. Dark clouds over low hills in the distance confer an ominous atmosphere. A momentary break the clouds in the foreground of the image has resulted in white light shining off the roof of a nearby building and reflecting off metallic surfaces in the rubble. The girls, who face towards the camera, are backlit… (read more)

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