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273. Hannah Whitaker


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Hannah Whitaker is an American artist

Episode 273: Hannah Whitaker is an American artist whose new book Ursula is available through Image Text Itaca (ITI). Included in the book are two excellent texts by Dawn Chan and David Levine.

I have followed Hannah’s work for some time. I find her use of formalism and abstraction through the use of analog photography compelling and unique. The new book is no exception to those points of interest, though Ursula takes on a slightly different, perhaps more technological or science fiction and psychedelic feel. The science-fiction aspect hints at AI, image computation, and sex robots amongst other futurist topics.

Throughout the conversation, we spoke about Hannah’s background, university education and her love for analog photography, and her commercial work. The focus of the conversation was Ursula, but also ideas revolving around the body, book-making, dystopian and utopian futures, and how Hannah’s practice has changed, evolved, and become more complex over time. I remain pretty astounded by Hannah’s work and feel this book, like her work on a whole is original fresh, and rightly deserves all the championing it gets. Please tune in!

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Music: Algiers, with their full permission

Photograph Credits: Hannah Whitaker

Editing: Adam Mead
Executive Producer: Brad Feuerhelm

Rights are reserved to Nearest Truth. No copies of this content are permitted without express permission from Brad Feuerhelm.

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