Menu
BEST SERIES: OLIVIA HUNTER
N.Y. Photo Curator: Global Photography Awards- 'Where Photography & Philanthropy Meet' BEST SERIES: OLIVIA HUNTER (16x20 in framed, Black and White Film Photograph)
SUNFLOWERS BRING PLEASANT THOUGHTS by Olivia Hunter
BEST SERIES
(16x20 in framed, Black and White Film Photograph)
(Click on image for larger view)

Olivia Hunter.says, "In my early teens, I was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

By completing rituals, following specific rules, and counting; I thought I could save people’s lives or destroy them. I pretended to feel a sense of importance, as if I were some sort of hero, while always feeling a deep misery, frustration, and anger.

My work focuses on using visual metaphors to represent struggles with mental illness. The images in this series represent the specific fears of finality and death, the idea of regret, and the fear of passing on one’s illness through children through personal symbolic actions.

My goal is to frustrate the viewer and have them feel a sense of nervousness through calm black and white images. I attempt to do this by creating imagery that is fragmented where the full action of the frame is never fully visible.

I often show the female body only partially and in the act of reaching towards an unattainable goal. I choose to fragment my own body and by doing so I attempt to reclaim the power from the audience. The images act as stills from a film that has never been made. 

My work uses symbolic imagery to represent the darkness that haunts everyone. They are the fractured memories that we have forgotten how to piece together.

Everyone has certain rituals that gives them power over this fear of mortality, fear of illness, or fear of disability. In my world, it could be anything… even simply touching the light switch once more…. And then my friend won’t die. We, as humans, often attempt to hide from death through constant repetition that allow us to feel in control.

The idea of ritual, impulse, and compulsion is not specific to my personal struggle. It can easily relate to the world that we are in."

Olivia Hunter grew up in Virginia directly outside of Washington, DC. She received a BFA in Photography and Imaging at NYU Tisch (where she also received the Creative Excellence Award in 2014). She worked for Steven Meisel’s Studio and Archive, Art + Commerce, and Human Rights Watch. She is now a student pursuing her MFA at the School of Visual Arts.

In her early teens, she was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Her work often focuses on using visual metaphors to represent struggles with mental illness, rituals, and compulsions.

Olivia Hunter has exhibited work at the Target Gallery (Torpedo Factory in Virginia), LIC The Factory (NY), The Local Project Art Space (NY), Greenpoint Gallery (NY), and the NYU Tisch Photography Gallery (NY).  

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

Human Rights Watch Publications/Photography Coordinator December 2015-September 2017

• Coordinated the end-stage production for all reports

• Provided photo research, purchasing, and editing of images for HRW’s largest products

(was promoted from associate to coordinator as of July 2017)

Art+Commerce Archivist/Tears Coordinator May 2014- December 2015

• Coordinated all portfolio, tears, and pdfs for the archives

• Maintained portfolio and archival organization through photo research and data entry

Steven Meisel Studio and Archive Assistant January 2013- May 2014

• Reorganized digital server and archive, catalogued vintage prints, and took inventory of full archival storage

• Planned and coordinated for Steven Meisel’s retrospective feature in Italian Vogue July 2013

U.S Fund for UNICEF Digital Intern February 2014-May 2014

• Organized photographs from the digital archive to help curate the new website

• Worked with the design team and digital team to perform testing, content management, and design online material for the new system

EDUCATION:

NYU Tisch School of the Arts

BFA Photography and Imaging (graduated May 2014)

• Winner of the Creative Excellence Award

• Attended the Magnum Foundation summer program: Picture Essay for Paper and Pixel
School of Visual Arts
MFA Candidate (May 2018)
• Assisting Charles Traub (Department Chair/Founder) with upcoming exhibitions and archival materials 

www.oliviahunterphotography.com 

 
N.Y. Photo Curator: Global Photography Awards- 'Where Photography & Philanthropy Meet' BEST SERIES: OLIVIA HUNTER (16x20 in framed, Black and White Film Photograph)
DOUBTFUL SHADOWS by Olivia Hunter
BEST SERIES
(16x20 in framed, Black and White Film Photograph)
(Click on image for larger view)
Bibliography section article Bibliography Section Catalog Bibliography Section Web Link PDF icon small Sold Dot