Georgina Starr is a British artist best known for her video, sound and performance works. She emerged in the early 1990s as part of the Young British Artist generation. Her works are known for their complex and fragile emotional narratives, in which she explores female identity, history, fiction, philosophy and biography to create multi-layered theatrical events and installations.
The inherently speculative truth of memory and biography is endlessly transformed through her work, propelling the self into an abyss held fast between what was, is and could be. Starr often appears in the artwork, either as a performer or narrator. It has been said that she is, “the conjurer of a genre of her own making” and of her recent work one critic noted: “Everything happens as if it were experienced twice, as though recorded, listened again and rewritten, once for herself and then again for her double, the stranger inside her.” The notion of the double, both as a twin self and parallel reality has been at the centre of all her work and she continues to explore these concepts.
Starr’s work has been exhibited widely over the last 20 years in galleries and museums both in the UK and internationally, from Museum of Modern Art in New York and Tate Britain to Kunsthalle Zurich in Switzerland, and her work is in many prominent public collections. She is to present a new body of work at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima) in April 2015.