Lisa Barnard (Associate Professor)

Lisa Barnard is a British artist, researcher and teacher whose photographic practice focuses on real events, using polymorphic strategies. Her projects use both
traditional documentary techniques, such as photography, audio, video, and text, and more contemporary visual techniques and computer forms. Barnard combines her interest in aesthetics and current debates around the materiality of photography with the political climate within critical projects, centred on new ecologies, new technologies, science, and the military-industrial complex.

“Barnard describes herself as a photographic artist, but her work appears unmistakably political. It pays homage to the tropes of documentary realism, while sabotaging them.”
– Sean O Hagan, The Guardian, reviewer for Chateau Despair.

Barnard is Associate Professor and Head of the MA in Documentary Photography at the University of South Wales. In addition to regularly exhibiting her projects, she has published three monographs, including two with GOST (Chateau Despair, supported by the Arts Council and Hyenas of the Battlefield, and Machines in the Garden, supported by the Albert Renger-Patzsch Prize). Her third publication, The Canary and the Hammer, was published by MACK.