Richard Hancock is a visual artist based in Berlin. His multi-disciplinary practice spans movement/performance, video, photography, drawing, installation and text.
Since 2001, he has collaborated with Traci Kelly on the project hancock & kelly, exploring questions of collaboration, identity, and inter-subjectivity. The resulting works have been a series of visceral and queer encounters, both moving and spectacular.
In addition to his own works, Hancock has performed and danced in works by Sonia Boyce, Nao Bustamante, Guillermo Gómez Peña/La Pocha Nostra, and Patrizio Di Massimo. He choreographed and starred in the first part of Liz Rosenfeld's Surface Tension Trilogy; and photographed Isaiah Lopaz's series, Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Him.
An Empire, his current research project with Litsa Kiousi, is an exploration of the histories, atrocities, presents and futures of empire building. Through a collaborative dialogue that continually exchanges the poetic and the concrete, the artists map the tide of European history, and grapple with the complexity of existence in a modern Empire. It is an urgent enquiry into the future of a world balancing on a dangerous brink of repetition.
Richard Hancock has performed, exhibited, and taught internationally at events and venues such as Arnolfini, Bristol (UK), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt (DE), Museu de Évora (PT), Tramway, Glasgow (UK), Performance Space, Sydney (AU), Chicago Cultural Center (US), and the SPILL Festival of Performance, London (UK).
His work has been featured in publications by, amongst others, Palgrave Macmillan, Routledge, and the National Review of Live Art; alongside magazines and journals such as Contemporary Theatre Review, Realtime, and Dance Theatre Journal.
This site is currently being redesigned and updated. A PDF portfolio of work is available on request.
Information on the work of hancock & kelly can be found by clicking the image below:
Background image: hancock & kelly UNION (Part II: Affective Labour)
Photo credit: Paul Samuel White for ]performance s p a c e [ (UK)
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