Hillary Goidell is a photographer who infuses her images with movement in the most meaningful sense of the word. Her process-based photographs capture patterns in various human situations, from her earlier documentary work to her longstanding involvement with contemporary performance-making.
Within the context of performance, she collaborates with choreographers to document their creative process, both emotional and physical, and expands on this gestural observation through intersensory research and audio description.
She also photographs more significant processes like the end of life; these images act as imprints for accessing moments of embodiment and live experience during transition.
Having spent equal parts of her life in France and the US, Hillary has shown work in Paris and San Francisco; her photographs have appeared internationally in various publications and museum catalogs.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology/French from Amherst College and a Master’s from Université de Paris VII. Her Ph.D. research at the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) supported this foundation and pioneering work in interactive media solidly inform her visual thinking.
As an extension of RAWdance’s 2016 residency, the photographs taken by Goidell echo the activity in the gallery at given times during the thirteen weeks of experimentation. Remnants of the set resonate with their representations in the images. This was an opportunity to recompose choreographic moments and generate new personal experiences virtually.