The series Schoolgirls is a collection of portraits of young girls, aiming to highlight the individual characters of young Londoners, beyond the school uniform they wear and identifies them. The project follows many of them throughout their teenage school years. The images vary in size.
Hania Farrell (b. 1965, Lebanon) lives and works in London (UK). She studied interior design at BUC (Beirut), Pratt Institute (New York) and Charpentier (Paris). Current solo projects include 'Tree of Life', at Bellevue Medical Centre (Beirut, 2016/17). Recent solo shows include: the digital exhibition 'Converse' (VertuLife app, 2016/17), Beirut Art Fair (2014 and 2015) and Singapore Art Fair (2014), as well as commissions for Beirut Art Week (Air France, 2014; VERTU, 2015) and TEAL, a major site-specific solo exhibition at a derelict Chelsea townhouse (London, 2013). Upcoming group exhibitions include: 'The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016' with the work Helix (from the series: Helix) (The Beaney, Canterbury, 2017; previously at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, 2017, and the National Portrait Gallery, London, 2016/17), The APS Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale 2017/18 (Mdina, Malta) Recent group exhibitions include: 'SOLO Award Finalists 2017 | Group Exhibition' (The Cello Factory, London); 'Dalieh Watch Days' (Glass Hall, Ministry of Tourism, Beirut); the exhibition 'RPS International Images for Science', including Collider III and Looking for the Bang (from the series: Collider) (Banbury Museum; City Arts Centre, Edinburgh; Royal Albert Hall, The Crystal, London; Cheltenham Science Festival; Haymer's College, Hull; Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester); 'Portrait Salon 2016' with the work 'Minecrafting' (Craft Central, London, 2016), ArtGemini Prize 2016 Exhibition (Asia House, London, 2016), 'Nature Connections' (Derby University, 2016), 'Summer Salon', curated by Sanmartino, Mangrai, Lubomirov, Falbo, Damary, Bleeker and Angus-Hughes (Lubomirov/Angus-Hughes, London, 2016), 'Of the Sea' - Art in the Dockyard 2016, curated by Hannah Conroy (The Historic Dockyard Chatham, 2016), 'Stewarts Law RCA Secret' (Dubai, London, 2016), 'Point & Shoot' (Cock'n Bull Gallery, London, 2013). Farrell was awarded the ArtGemini Prize 2016 (first prize for Photography and Digital category) for 'Minecrafting', The Dockyard Prize (2016) for Helix (from the series: Helix). Additionally, she won the 'On the Street' Royal Photographic Society Monthly Competition (May 2016) and was a finalist of the SOLO Award 2017, RPS International Images for Science (2016), and the Saatchi Magazine ART&MUSIC's Point & Shoot competition (2013). She was longlisted for the John Ruskin Prize 2017 and shortlisted for participation in Athens Photo Festival 2017. Farrell was twice nominated to submit for Prix Pictet (2016: space, 2015: disorder). 'Minecrafting' received an Honourable Mention (2017, Prix de la Photographie Paris Px3), which was granted to the series 'Schoolgirls' (2011 - ongoing) as well. Her series 'Schoolgirls' had also received an Honourable Mention in 2016 from ipa International Photography Awards, and her work 'View from Beneath' was amongst the Top 10% lensculture entries in 2016. She is currently sitting on the jury for the 2017 edition of PhotoX award. Her work is represented in private collections across the UK, the US, Indonesia, Lebanon, UAE, Italy and Switzerland. Farrell's practice has been discussed and published by, amongst others, The Guardian, RPS Journal, RPS Contemporary Group, BBC arabic, The Saatchi Gallery Magazine ART&MUSIC, ArtTribune, Photomonitor, pample-mousse, Foci Magazine, The Daily Star, L'Orient LE JOUR.