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Dave CharnleySarah Pickering researches truth versus verisimilitude through the medium of photography.  Her images preserve actions whose causality and construction seems to be part of an alternate, but no lesser, reality.

She has worked with the emergency services, pyrotechnic manufacturers, TV prop makers, art forgery and gunfire to produce some of her most recent bodies of work.

Pickering’s photographs have been extensively exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Selected group exhibitions include How We Are: Photographing Britain, Tate Britain 2007; New Photography in Britain, Galleria Civica di Modena, Italy, 2008; Signs of a Struggle: Photography in the Wake of Postmodernism, Victoria and Albert Museum, 2011; Theatres of the Real, Fotomuseum, Antwerp 2009; Manipulating Reality, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, 2009/10, An Orchestrated Vision: The Theater of Contemporary Photography St. Louis Art Museum, USA 2012, Living in the Ruins of the Twentieth Century, UTS Gallery, Sydney 2013, the exhibition and publication Staging Disorder, LCC London 2015, and Revelations, Experiments in Photography, Media Space, Science Museum, London 2015.

Solo exhibitions include Ffotogallery, Wales 2009, Incident Control at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago 2010 and Art and Antiquities at Meessen De Clercq, Brussels, 2011 and Derby Museum & Art Gallery 2015.

She has been the recipient of several awards including the Photographers Gallery Graduate Award, and a Jerwood Award for Photography. Her photography has been featured in numerous publications, and her monograph, Explosions, Fires and Public Order is published by Aperture and MoCP.

Sarah Pickering is a London based, British photographer who graduated from the Royal College of Art with a MA in Photography in 2005. She currently holds the post of Teaching Fellow in Photography at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London.

Sarah writes:  “I have roots in the North East – I was born and raised in Durham and have had close family in Billingham and Redcar in Cleveland. Visits as a child to my aunties, uncles and cousins often included a trip to Stockton (and the Castlegate Shopping Centre), and the surrounding area. The vibrant regeneration of Stockton town centre is an exciting development, and I am thrilled to have my work featured within it.”

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