“I have always felt a connection to physical labor and to an engagement with the world that is more physical and less intellectual.” - Sharon Lockhart
Sharon Lockhart makes challenging, visually compelling, and socially engaged films that characteristically engage the strict structural parameters of a fixed lens and uninterrupted takes. Occupying a space between document and art, and viewed in both film and art contexts, Lockhart’s work investigates community, work, rituals of daily life, and the way those rituals are played out in front of a camera, always in the framework of filmic space and time. Known for her collaborations that unfold over a long span of time, she works closely with her subjects to understand and depict their worlds. A girls’ junior high school basketball team in a Tokyo suburb, Maine factory workers on lunch break, children playing in the courtyards of Lodz, Poland, and an audience seated in a neoclassical opera house in Manaus, Brazil looking back at the camera for the duration of the film are some of her subjects.