Amy Hannah at Belfast Photo Festival

Credit: The Artist / Belfast Photo Festival


Amy Hannah

Date: 23 June – 21 July

Location: University of Atypical

Times: 11:00am – 5:30pm | Tues – Fri

‘Epitaph’ is an exhibition exploring the process of mourning ‘coming-of-age’ experiences, friendships and opportunities never experienced by the artist. Through the use of photography Amy Hannah relates, an autobiographical portrait of a life where inadequate support systems within healthcare and educational contexts impacted on her life, channelling this history into the creation of art. This new body of photographic work seeks to visually communicate the challenges experienced by the artist, and many other neurodivergent/disabled people when navigating the world. Through this expression and visualisation Amy Hannah, in her own way is coming to terms with her lived experiences.

Amy Hannah is a recent Photography with Video graduate from Belfast School of Art (Ulster University) and recipient of University of Atypical’s 2022 Graduate Award for the installation of her self portraiture project, ‘One Man Cult’, at Belfast School of Art’s 2022 Degree Show. The award enabled Amy Hannah to receive one-to-one mentoring with artist Dr Sandra Johnston and the development of new work for ‘Epitaph’ and will be her first solo exhibition.

With roots in Moving Image Arts and Performing Arts, she approaches each of her projects with a director’s eye with the intent of putting on a show for the viewer through tableau-like stills, communicating a greater narrative without the need for a script nor actors- aside from herself. Often touching upon topics that aren’t talked about enough paired with visuals that aren’t exactly the norm, she seeks to explore herself, the world around her and her place within this world through the lens of her camera.