Leonora Hamill is an artist based in New York and London who works primarily in moving image and photography.
Born in Paris in 1978, she studied History of Art at the Courtauld Institute in London and at the University of Oxford. She then turned to Fine Art, graduating from the International Center of Photography in New York and the Royal College of Art in London.
She is interested in the notion of the other and in the notion of empathy. Characteristic features of her work are distanced and detailed aesthetics (rigorous framing and frontal views) often combined with an emotional charge.
Her moving image works, usually shot on film, favour certain points of views such as high-angles (I was much too far out all my life) or low-angles (Furtherance). The body is often shown as a vehicle through which emotions are conveyed.
Hamill was the 2011 artist-in-residence at the Psychiatric Hospital of Rouffach in Alsace, France. In 2012, she was awarded the Prix HSBC pour la Photographie in Paris.
Her monograph Art in Progress was published by Actes Sud in 2012.
Her most recent exhibitions include the American Academy (Rome), the Musée Géo-Charles (Grenoble), Somerset House (London) and the Tristan Hoare Gallery (London).
She is currently working on Furtherance, a site-specific eight channel installation commissioned by Rubis Mécénat Cultural Fund and conceived for Saint Eustache Church in Paris which will be exhibited from December 4th 2014 to January 18th 2015.