Helen Sear

Within Sight


Helen Sear presents a suite of interrelated multiple and composite works that explore the dissolution of a single-lens perspective associated with the camera lens.


Unlike the fixed position of the photographer in early landscape photography, she uses her camera in a way that is closer to a scanner moving through space. From a monumental woodstack to a giant pine tree fallen in the forest, Sear explores a sense of connection and reanimation through multiple exposures and layers. She is a close observer of the changing elements that make up a landscape, and her methods of recording and reconstruction visualise the experience of being present in nature, utilising all our senses in the act of viewing.  Sear often denies a traditional foreground, midground and distance in picture-making, bringing the image almost to the surface of the eye, preferring to imagine elements in the landscape as other bodies where we might wonder who or what is looking at whom.

Helen Sear’s practice focuses on the coexistence of human, animal and natural environments, and is rooted in an interest in Magic Realism, Surrealism and Conceptual Art.


She studied Fine Art at Reading University and University College London,Slade School, her practice coming to prominence in the late 1980s, when she worked primarily with mixed-media installation, performance and video. She completed a PhD by publication at the University of Wales Newport in 2009 and was visiting Professor at the Royal Academy Schools from 2014-2019. Her photographic works became widely known in the 1991 British Council exhibition, De-Composition: Constructed Photography in Britain, which toured extensively in Latin America and Eastern Europe.


Sear was the first woman to represent Wales with a solo exhibition at the 56th Venice Biennale 2015 presenting a suite of new works…the rest is smoke.

The British Government Art Collection and the Hyman Collection have recently acquired her work and other collections include the British Council, National Museum of Wales, Al Dabbah Group Art Collection, Manfred Heiting Collection – Museum of Fine Art Houston Texas, and the DZ Bank Frankfurt Germany.


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Exhibition Venue

Chiostri di San Pietro
via Emilia San Pietro, 44/c
Reggio Emilia


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opening days
26th of April › 19-23
27th of April › 10-23
28th of April › 10-20

from 1st of May to 9th of June
Wednesday, Thursday › 10 - 13 / 15-19
Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays › 10 - 20

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