Victoria Hall

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VIDEO: Victoria Hall explains some of the difficulties in making her work and a crucial pair of pampers.

VIDEO: Victoria Hall explains some of the difficulties in making her work and a crucial pair of pampers.

VIDEO: Victoria Hall explains some of the difficulties in making her work and a crucial pair of pampers.

"When I was a child I wanted to be a spy", confides the artist Victoria Hall, but instead of becoming an undercover agent, employing disguises and committing acts of subterfuge in defence of her country, Victoria has diverted her childhood ambitions into being a performance artist.

Her work is presented in the form of a photographic print, but her use of theatrical stage sets and her own performance as model expand our understanding of what a photographic artist is and elevate all aspects of making the work so that it is the totality of this process, not just the two dimensional result that is of interest.

Victoria is concerned with exploring the role of the artist and how this informs the making of her work. Definitions such as photographer, painter, installation artist mask what her real intention is. It is as important for Victoria to be a part of the creation process as it is to produce the image itself.

Victoria's series "Portrayal" has been exhibited in solo shows at the Lounge Gallery, London, 2005, the Saltburn Artists Projects, 2004 and at the Troubadour, London, 2001. She has also taken part in group shows, most recently in Photo 50 at the London Art Fair, as well as internationally in Korea, Australia, France, Switzerland (where she was artist in residence at the Triangle International Artist Workshop), and at the Kolnisches Stadt Museum in Germany. In 1998 Victoria received the Art Special Hanza travel award from the British Council and in 1999 the Individual Artist Award from the London Arts Board. Her work is held in collections at Hiscox, the Chelsea College of Art and Design and the Arts Council.