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Alison J Carr is interested in the performance of femininity, theatres as sites of display and what it means to be hyper-visible and invisible. But really, her work is about power and powerlessness.

She uses audio, texts, archival and found materials with photographs and performances, in which she often wears a gold headdress.

She studied at the California Institute of the Arts, absorbing both the critical dialogue and the lure of the Hollywood facade. Following her sojourn to LA, she returned to Sheffield to do a PhD at Sheffield Hallam University where she had gained her undergraduate degree. Her book, Viewing Pleasure and Being A Showgirl: How Do I Look? published by Routledge in 2018.

Alison has been a Terra Summer Residency fellow in Giverny, France and LoBe Gallery resident in Berlin. She was awarded an Arts Council England ‘Grants for the Arts’ award in 2017. In 2018 she became a Freelands Art Programme recipient through Site Gallery Sheffield, and a-n mentoring scheme recipient working with the curator, Lucy Day. In 2021 she was awarded ‘Developing Your Creative Practice’ grant from ACE in round 9.

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Featured image: Jules Lister
Images 1 and 2: Freelands Foundation
Image 3: From Crown/Halo Series

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