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Lisa Barnard


Lisa’s focus is about how the image reflects an ambiguous state of perception and reality at the core of making images of a political nature. Her latest book The Canary & The Hammer was released by MACK in September 2019.

Lisa and I had met previously through an edition of PhotoKrakow curated by Iris Sikking. I was able to grab a coffee with her then and again in September of 2019. She was technically one of the first artists that I had a conversation with bearing the Nearest Truth format in mind. She was kind enough to humour my poor pronunciation fo her sir name and also my digressions and the result is that this has been one of the most fun episodes that I have recorded. Her humour and playful dialogue encompasses the nature of what I want to achieve. She also diligently kept me on my toes and provided incredibly insightful descriptions of what it is like to make work in the manner that she does, which is to suggest bold, uncomfortable, political and extremely nuanced.

As with all of these initial episodes, I am still learning the ropes, so I hope that you enjoy this episode and take time to mine (AHEM ,AGAIN) Lisa’s inventive and highly respectable bodies of work.

Buy her recent book, The Canary & The Hammer, with MACK.

Visit her ever-evolving site on The Canary & The Hammer.

Be sure to check out Lisa’s website for more of her other work.

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