Rebecca Hackemann-Bahlmann

Professor, Photography


Office: Willard 201A

Ph.D. - Chelsea College of Art, UAL, London, UK, Critical Art Practice, 2019 Whitney Museum of American Art, Independent Study Program, Studio Fellow, New York, NY; 2000
M.F.A.- Stanford University, CA; Studio Art Practice/Photography, 1996
B.F.A.- University of Westminster, London, UK; Film, Video and Photographic Arts, with an emphasis on Photographic Arts, 1994


Rebecca Hackemann, PhD is a visual conceptual artist and scholar. Her work consists of sculpture, conceptual object based public art, photography, 3-D Stereo photographic work, projection, 3-D Video and anamorphic drawing. Dr Hackemann frequently employs optical mediators like mirrors, stereoscopes or text that force the viewer to grapple with the work in both physical and mindful ways. In her work the substrates, that is the materiality of the work are part of the meaning(s) evoked.

Hackemann grew up in Europe in the early 1970's, and lived in Germany as a British person until a teenager. Having lived as an immigrant in Germany, then in London, then the US in San Francisco and New York City for 11 years followed by Philadelphia, Minnesota, and Kansas.

She is an alumn of the Whitney Museum of American Art ISP Program in New York (2000); her most recent exhibitions include a 3 person exhibition at Klompching Gallery (2021), a solo exhibition at Kunstraun Elsa in Germany (2022) and a large scale permanent public art project at the Springfield Art Museum (2021) and another commissioned by the city of Waverly, IA that is permanently installed there (2022). Her work has been exhibited at San Francisco Camerawork, was part of the fotofocus Biennale Cincinnati (2018), Springbreak Art Fair New York, as well as public art grants through LMCC (2012) and NYFA (2015/16/17) fiscal sponsorship as well as two large scale survey exhibitions at the Museum für Photographie in Germany (2022, 2020).

Dr. Hackemann recently presented in the main (history and theory) lecture categories at conferences such as SECAC (2022, 2016), CAA (2012, main session), SPE (2023, 2020, 2014), SLSA (2013) and UAAC (2020, 2018, 2015), as well as Psi20 and NSA (2022, 2020). She is a founding member of the Association for the PhD in the Visual Arts(

Her work has been exhibited steadily in the last 30 years both in the United States, England and Germany and she has completed many prestigious residencies such as Yaddo, Light Work, Headlands Center for the Arts and The Banff Center for the Arts. She is currently a tenured professor at Kansas State University on a research appointment. Hackemann has published with MIT press (Leonardo Music Journal) and has published her first book with IntellectLondon / University of Chicago Press in 2022/23.

3-D Experimental VR and Art Practices, Untangling another Dimension available here.

In 2022 she became a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts London (RSA).

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Research interests: Photography Theory, Photographic Rhetorical Forms, Lacanian Psychoanalysis (non-clinical), Social Practice Photography, wet collodion printing, public art in New York, the role of the artist in society, the Ph.D. for the visual arts, art education, pre-cinematic optical machines, alternative photographic processes.

Dr. Hackemann has commercial photography experience as motion pictures film stills photographer, photo journalist and in fashion from her time living in New York City and London.



Book authored by Hackemann: "3-D Experimental VR and Art Practices - Untangling another Dimension", by intellect books London available from the University of Chicago Press at this link,,2023. The book includes 89 illustrations and 3-D glasses, and index, 35,000 words. Artists include Dali, Duchamp and Lygia Clark.

LMJ, MIT Press: 2000 word paper, Title: "Not For Tourists - The Publicness of Public Art",, a peer-reviewed paper authored by Rebecca Hackemann (10 / 2017 web, 12 / 2018 print)

JAWS, intellect journals, "About not Separating Art and Writing: The Unfinished Public Art Work that Studies Finished Public Art Work in New York," a peer-reviewed paper authored by Rebecca (5000 words), 2014

"Pubilc 47 3-D Cinema and Beyond," intellect journals, Artist Portfolio: Cover, 15 photographs and 1-page artist statement, peer-reviewed, 2013

E-flux Art & Education Papers, "Stuck Between Disciplines: Notes on Public Art Discourse in New York, 2012," a peer-reviewed paper authored by Rebecca (8000), 2012



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