ALISON LAPPER, SARAH HARDY AND GORDON MACDONALD
Sarah Hardy was born in Suffolk, East Anglia. Since graduating from Norwich School of Art in 1993 she has exhibited in a number of group shows, including exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, Paris; ICA and Cabinet Gallery, London.
8 dates and 4 dinner parties represents three week’s worth of socialising in flats and pubs, cafes and parties…eating alone or with friends and lovers. The piece duplicates the food that I’ve eaten and prepared in that time and as such is a kind of Self Portrait which has come in fancy dress as a Still Life.
Born in 1965 with limb deficiency, Alison Lapper spent the first 17 years of her life at Chailey Heritage, a school and hospital for disabled young people in East Sussex. Growing up in a protected ‘hospital’ environment, she found her life frequently interrupted by a series of clinical assessments designed to assist in the understanding of her disability. In 1991 she undertook a Fine Art degree at Brighton University. This period of critical self-reflection enabled her to identify and articulate a number of issues arising from her life experience. In particular, the clinical documentation of her early life and the loss of the recorded material prompted her early self-portraits.
I use photographic and more recently digital media to reflect and respond to other people’s attitudes about me. In so doing I hope to question and change society’s ideas about physical beauty and normality, disability and sexuality
Born in Scotland and raised in Brighton, Gordon MacDonald’s early interest in photography was encouraged by a family visit to the camera obscura in Bristol. That early thrill of being able to ‘real life as it was happening’ sparked an interest which he continues to explore.
My images tend to reflect aspects of daily life, my life in fact – but mainly subjects which will be familiar to other people. I try to show things how they are rather than how we’d like them to be.