Hannah is an Social Anthropologist, Ethnographer and Artist working at the crossroads of Anthropology, Art, and Collaboration.
During her residency in Islington Mill, she produced and exhibited collaborative art for Manchester Day Parade (Lead Artist for Europia Manchester), for the Portland Basin Museum (Stories about my Body, Discover your Secret Garden), for the University of Manchester (Thinkers in Limbo, forthcoming 2016), and for the Technical University Dresden (Re-inventing the Manor of Sztynort, Histories from 1945- today, forthcoming 2016). In the Mill, she also facilitated dumpling storytelling cookery workshops for Polish speakers from Salford.
For her PhD thesis, she conducted 14 months ethnographic fieldwork in the Masurian Lake District in Northeast Poland studying tourism communities, morality, and post-socialist transformation. Her academic texts have been published in journals and edited books in English, German, and Polish. Her current interests are:
- conflicts between being a good person and living well
- cultures of imagination and the virtual, augmented, and physical worlds they create
- the potential for resistance in places of longing and alternative utopias
- experiences of strangeness and belonging in cultural, sensory, emotional, and linguistic encounters
- strategies for of well-being and confidence in liminal professions that require threshold thinking and rest upon a creative process
Hannah creates her own work under the name I am not much taller than a shrimp. The related multi-lingual blog is a non-curated open studio space for poetry, photography, videos, music, performance art, drawings, and ethnographic writing.
Hannah is the founder of FairerTales and works on commissions in the areas of ethnographic research, community art, creative workshops for professionals, exhibition curation, journalism, cultural events management. Hannah’s work portfolio page is https://fairertales.org.