Aim & Fire DLI Museum & Durham Art Gallery, 18th October 2013 - 12th January 2014

“Aim”, “shoot” and “fire”; the language of the gun is shared with that of photography and film. It’s not surprising that the camera and gun evolved together. In the 1880’s cameras with sequential frames for time and motion studies were made from modified guns with a rotating disc of light sensitive film recording in the place of the bullet that would have frozen motion.

Locus+, in partnership with NEPN and Durham Art Gallery are proud to present Aim & Fire, the first solo exhibition of work by Sarah Pickering in the North East.  Aim & Fire will include works from Explosion, Fire Scene and Incident as well as Celestial Objects, a new commission by Locus+, in partnership with the North East Photography Network. 

Celestial Objects, by Sarah Pickering, has been made by photographing a revolver fired in total darkness.  Each photographic exposure captures the entirety of a gunshot from start to finish.
The gap between truth and what we understand to be truth is a fascination that runs through Pickering’s practice.  The Celestial Objects series continues this investigation, referencing images of deep space, cinematic special effects and the skies of Romantic painters such as John Martin, positioning itself between the objective facts of a documentary photograph and imagined reality.

Living in the Ruins of the Twentieth Century, UTS Gallery, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
16 April – 17 May 2013

Living in the Ruins of the Twentieth Century is a celebration of curiosity through the profound and the mundane.Presenting a vision of the twentieth century as a history of false starts, obsolete technologies, and unrealised utopias, “Living in the Ruins” is an archaeological dig into the material culture that shapes our present. In association with Cabinet, curators Adam Jasper and Holly Williams draw together objects from art, science, and ethnography in an investigation of the ruins, remnants, and ill-fated prototypes that defined a century already far enough in the past to be foreign to us, but close enough that we still have no fitting monuments for it.
“Living in the Ruins” creates a contemporary Wunderkammer that traverses diverse themes from islands to explosions and giant spheres. The exhibition will be anchored by a reading room of Cabinet publications (the only complete collection in Australia) and will be accompanied by a print and online project developed by Zoe Sadokierski and a colloquium on post-disciplinary curation facilitated by Lizzie Muller.
The exhibition combines artefacts from the Macleay Museum and the University of Sydney, the Museum of Old and New Art, the Westpac Archives and the Powerhouse Museum with articles from Cabinet and works by Australian and International artists.
With artworks by Daniel Knorr, Patrick Pound, Gianni Motti, Hany Armanious, Maria Friberg , Roman Signer, Sarah Pickering, Nicholas Mangan, Vicky Browne, the Institute of Critical Zoologists, Jaki Middleton & David Lawrey, David Haines & Joyce Hinterding, Michael Stevenson, Alex Gawronski, Nadia Wagner, Matthew Shannon, Lillian O’Neil and others.

Supported by The Centre For Contemporary Design Practice


An Orchestrated Vision - The Theater of Contemporary Art Photography, St Louis Art Museum, USA.
February 19th - May 13th 2012
The Theater of Contemporary Photography is a compelling survey of contemporary photographers, many presented in St. Louis for the first time. Seen together, the works reveal the remarkable potential of the photographic medium in contemporary artistic practice. On view will be over 40 works from an international group of artists which includes Thomas Struth, Carrie Mae Weems, and Gregory Crewdson. These photographers have focused on the elements of scene setting and directing to meticulously construct environments that are mesmerizing in their large scale, absorbing in their uncanny beauty, and haunting in their elusive meaning. They inventively exploit photography's unique capacity to operate in the boundaries between fact and fiction. Each image is the product of the painstaking execution of the ambitious vision of the artist.

Curated by Eric Lutz, associate curator of prints, drawings and photographs, with Ann-Maree Walker, research assistant, An Orchestrated Vision: The Theater of Contemporary Photography will be on view in the Main Exhibition Galleries.

Hijacked III - Contemporary Photography from Australia and the United Kingdom, 3rd March - 6th May 2012

Major survey exhibition and publication featuring the best photographic talents from or within Australia and the United Kingdom.
Known for halting the status quo, arresting the scene and exploding a new perspective on the practices of contemporary photography, this third edition of the biennale Hijacked series explores the world through the eyes and works of 32 international photographers from or within the United Kingdom and Australia. Also featuring a series of specially commissioned films about participating photographers.
Take a trip into the fantastic and foreboding worlds of artists from opposite sides of the globe. From oblique takes on portraiture and collage to snapshots of society at its best and worst, these far reaching photographic practices question what it means to look, catch or construct images for the 21st century. A fleeting glimpse into the life and times of both countries and beyond, Hijacked 3 disrupts the way you think about photography.
The exhibition will show simultaneously in QUAD with a partner version at PICA in Perth Australia. Events will include live link ups for workshops, artists talks.
Curated by Louise Clements, Mark McPherson & Leigh Robb.
AUS - Tony Albert | Warwick Baker | Bindi Cole | Christopher Day | Tarryn Gill & Pilar Mata Dupont | Toni Greaves | Petrina Hicks | Alin Huma | Katrin Koenning | David Manley | Jesse Marlow |Tracey Moffatt |Justin Spiers | Michelle Tran | Christian Thompson | Michael Ziebarth
UK - Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin | Natasha Caruana | Maciej Dakowicz | Melinda Gibson | Leonie Hampton | Rasha Kahil | Seba Kurtis | Trish Morrissey | Laura Pannack | Sarah Pickering | Zhao Renhui | Simon Roberts | Helen Sear | Luke Stephenson | Wassink & Lundgren | Tereza Zelenkova
Supported by:
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.


Group Exhibition: La Vie Mode D'Emploi / Life a User's Manual, Meessen De Clercq Gallery, Brussels September 10th - October 15th 2011 With work from Ignasi Aballí | A Kassen | Nina Beier | Alighiero Boetti | Sarah Bostwick | Mariana Castillo Deball | Susan Collis | Lieven De Boeck | Marjolijn Dijkman | Patrick Everaert | Hreinn Fridfinnsson | Dora Garcia | Sofia Hultén | Michael Johansson | Kris Martin | Jorge Méndez Blake | Jonathan Monk | Sarah Ortmeyer | Cornelia Parker | Claudio Parmiggiani | Sarah Pickering | Kirsten Pieroth | Wilfredo Prieto | Evariste Richer | Damien Roach | Sylvain Rousseau | Fabrice Samyn | Katrín Sigurdardóttir | Mungo Thomson | Rachel Witheread

Group Exhibition: Signs of a Struggle: Photography in the Wake of Postmodernism, Victoria & Albert Museum, London 11th August - 27th November 2011 This display explores photographs that make reference to themselves, other media and texts, and demonstrates how such Postmodernist approaches to photography have persisted for over 30 years.  Spanning the mid-1970s to the present day, it shows work by some of the most influential artists associated with Postmodernism, such as Cindy Sherman and Richard Prince, alongside more recent work by Anne Hardy, Clare Strand, Sarah Pickering and others.

Group Exhibition: Landscape Sublime, North Carolina Museum of Art, USA June 5th - November 13th 2011

Group Exhibition: History Painting Now, Art Sensus Gallery, London May 6th – June 4th, 2011
With work from Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin | David Birkin | Jeremy Hutchinson | Guillaume Paris | Sarah Pickering | Tess Hurrell

Group Exhibition: Angry Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam 22nd January - 13th June 2011
With work from Annette Behrens | Nisrine Boukhari | Mohamed Bourouissa | Daya Cahen | Yvon Chabrowski | Ad van Denderen | Rineke Dijkstra | Willie Doherty | Eva Frapiccini | Jasper Groen | Johan Grimonprez | Susan van Hengstum | Runo Lagomarsino & Johan Tirén | Eva Leitolf | Aernout Mik | Mirko Martin | Monica Nouwens | Corinne Englert & Isabel Morgen & Cora Piantoni | Sarah Pickering | Adriaan van der Ploeg | Astrid Proll | Julian Röder | Allan Sekula | Jules Spinatsch | Joel Sternfeld | Ari Versluis & Ellie Uyttenbroek | Yumosh | Tobias Zielony

Solo Exhibition: Art & Antiquities April 30 - June 11 2011, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels

Art Brussels 28 April - 1st May 2011, Meessen De Clercq, stand 3c-18


Locate Jerwood Visual Art commission Sarah Pickering, Aura Satz and Mel Brimfield curated by Sarah Williams

Sarah Pickering's photographs allow the viewer to experience institutional representations of the real world. For Locate Pickering has created a new body of photographs in response to a museum exhibition on Fakes and Forgeries organised by the Art and Antiquities Unit of the Metropolitan Police. Working with the fakes and forgeries archive at Scotland Yard she has researched one of the most notorious art forgers in history, Shaun Greenhalgh. The exhibition installation takes the form of a museum space consisting of a number of different photographic approaches including: a staged image of one of Greenhalgh's forgeries in a replica of his living room, photographs of a representation Greenhalgh shed at the V&A exhibition and scanned images taken by Greenhalgh himself which he used as a tool to sell his forgeries on to galleries and museums worldwide. The installation also comprises of publications that represent a Gauguin faun, a forgery created by Greenhalgh, with texts and interpretations written by experts interpreting the work as if it were genuine. Props constructed by the BBC, that appeared in a documentary dramatization of the Greenhalgh story will be shown alongside a salt print of the Armana Princess on loan from the V&A for the duration of the exhibition.

August 11th – September 12th 2010

Revealing Evidence Sarah Pickering and Shelley Goldsmith, PM Gallery and House, Ealing, London September 15th – October 23rd 2010

Locus+ Commission Spring 2011

Incident Control - Sarah Pickering Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago
April 9th - June 20th 2010

Monograph - Sarah Pickering: Explosions, Fires, and Public Order
Aperture (15 Mar 2010) ISBN-10: 1597111236


Group Exhibition - MANIPULATING REALITY. How Images Redefine the World
(25 September 2009 – 17 January 2010)
Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Florence

A project by CCCS. Scientific Committee:
Martino Marangoni, Franziska Nori, Brett Rogers, Luminita Sabau

Thursday September 24th 2009 at 7 pm Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina
Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza Strozzi, Firenze

Olivo Barbieri, Sonja Braas, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Gregory Crewdson, Thomas Demand, Elena Dorfman, Christiane Feser, Andreas Gefeller, Andreas Gursky, Beate Gütschow, Osang Gwon, Tatjana Hallbaum, Ilkka Halso, Robin Hewlett & Ben Kinsley, Rosemary Laing, Aernout Mik, Saskia Olde Wolbers, Sarah Pickering, Moira Ricci, Cindy Sherman, Cody Trepte, Paolo Ventura, Melanie WioraThe CCCS' new exhibition explores the theme of the manipulation and reconstruction of reality through photographic images and videos, in the work of 23 international contemporary artists.Photography and video art have always been based on the conflict between recording reality and, at the same time, becoming themselves a falsification of that reality, a viewpoint that builds a particular image of the world. Today, with the spreading popularity of easy-to-use digital technology, that ambiguity has if anything increased, pushing the conflict between appearance and reality to its outer edges.The material on display in this exhibition, entitled Manipulating Reality, is the work of photographers and video-artists who have developed the potential of these new techniques or who reject post-production procedures, sharing the common aim of playing both with the medium's possibilities and with the viewer's expectations, thus creating totally original visions of the world.

Exhibition hours
Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 8 pm / free Thursday 6 pm – 11 pm / Monday closedA full colour catalogue has been produced to accompany the exhibtion.
Tel. +39 055 2645155

Supported by: Regione Toscana, Provincia di Firenze, Comune di Firenze, Camera di Commercio Industria Artigianato e Agricoltura di Firenze, Associazione Partners Palazzo Strozzi and Moleskine


Group Show - Manmade: Notions of Landscape from the Lannan Collection New Mexico Museum of Art (Oct 9, 2009 - Jan 3, 2010)

Manmade: Notions of Landscape from the Lannan Collection features the work of nine artists whose work is an exploration of man and the landscape—not landscape in its most literal sense, but landscape as a construction of meanings and relationships that are always morphing, growing, decaying, and exploding. These various facets of landscape include the natural, the cultural, the social, and the political.The Lannan Foundation works related to landscape are never of the sort that is a celebration purely of a sublime or pristine nature; rather they are of the terrain inscribed with all manner of human interaction, including manmade creations meant to guide our way through the oceans, earthworks, human-aided natural disaster, and the theatre of war.The artists in the exhibition are Debbie Fleming Caffery, Thomas Joshua Cooper, Olafur Eliasson, Roni Horn, An-My Lê, Sarah Pickering, Victoria Sambunaris, Robert Smithson, and James Turrell.For more information on the Lannan Foundation and their Visual Arts Program, visit works Collection Lannan Foundation.

Publication - Hotshoe International Magazine - Sarah Pickering - Fire Scenes Interview with Anthony Luvera. April - May 2009 pp 20-29

Talk - Martin Barnes in conversation with Sarah Pickering & Jem Southam
Friday Late - Victoria and Albert Museum
7pm Hochauser Auditorium
Friday 29th May

Solo Exhibition - Explosion
March 6, 2009 - April 12, 2009
Meessen De Clercq, Brussels

The UK artist Sarah Pickering captured, in her series Explosion, the detonation of bombs as used by the army for training purposes. Her photographs, awarded with several international prizes and soon on show in an exhibition of the Museum of Contemporary Photography of Chicago, underline the terrifying beauty of fire and the evocative force of this physical phenomenon.

Holding Fire
May 8, 2009 – June 20th, 2009
Turner House
Plymouth Road
CF64 3DM029 2070 8870

An exhibition of work from the Explosion and the Incident series.

Group Show - Theatres of the Real
June 18, 2009 – Sept 13, 2009
Foto Museum
Waalse Kaai 47
B-2000 Antwerp
tel.: +32 3 242 93 00 show on ‘British contemporary photography today’ will be installed on the main floor of the Fotomuseum Antwerp. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue published by the FotoMuseum Antwerp edited by David Green, with texts by show curators David Green and Joanna Lowry, and additional texts by David Chandler and Jan Baetens, The catalogue will include extensive sequences of the works in the exhibition ‘Theatres of the Real’.

Photography Collection Gallery
April 30, 2009 – April 2010
V&A museum,
Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL
+44 (0)20 7942 2000

White Goods from the Incident series will be featured alongside other new acquisitions and works from the museum collection.

Publication - Sarah Pickering - Photographs
Spring 2010 A monograph with Aperture featuring work from the series Explosion, Fire Scene, Incident and Public Order, and other previously unseen work. More details to follow.

Publication & Commission - Imaging the City – Cardiff.
Photographic Book Project with Paul Shambroom, Dan Holdsworth and Martin Parr commissioned by SAFLE & St Davids 2. Publication scheduled for autumn 2009. More details to follow.