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Friedrich Nietzsche

Unicorn Theatre – Looking at theatre

ARTIST Lisa Barnard

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Over the period of my years long residency at the Unicorn Theatre I took pictures of young people ‘watching’ theatre. I created a black box near to a particular seat and then volunteers allowed me to photograph them during a performance. The only images that produced anything on the 5 X 4 negatives were from those children that remained still. This only occurred when they were totally absorbed by what was unfolding on stage. The work was inspired by ideas of aesthetics and Fredrich Nietzche “The Birth of Tragedy”.

Lisa Barnard

Professor, Photographer

Lisa Barnard’s photographic practice is placed in the genre of documentary.  Her work discusses real events, embracing complex and innovative visual strategies that utilise both traditional documentary techniques with more contemporary and conceptually rigorous forms of representation. Barnard connects her interest in aesthetics, current photographic debates around materiality and the existing political climate. Of particular interest to her is Global Capitalism, the relationship between the military industrial complex, screen based new technologies and the psychological implication of conflict.

Barnard is an Associate Professor in photography and is programme leader of the MA in documentary Photography and also teaches on the BA in Documentary Photography at The University of South Wales. She has three monographs two with GOSTChateau Despair and Hyenas of the Battlefield, Machines in the Garden. The Hyenas publication was funded by the Albert Renger Patzsche Book Award, and nominated for the Prix Du Livre at Rencontres D’Arles in 2015. Barnard has a new publication The Canary and the Hammer, published by MACK. The project was funded by the Prestige Grant from Getty Images in 2015.


Lisa Barnard Unicorn Theatre – Looking at theatre

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