Margaret Hiden is a Birmingham, Alabama native and received her B.F.A. with a concentration in photography from Birmingham-Southern College. She received her M.F.A. in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta and continues to live in the city as an artist, freelance photographer and educator.
Hiden is currently involved with WonderRoot as a 2015-2016 Walthall Fellow. The fellowship provides monthly professional development and dialogue amongst community members, industry professionals and other artists. Her involvement is accompanied by a week long residency at Ossabaw Island and will culminate in an exhibition at MOCA GA during the summer of 2016. She was also recently selected as a 2015-2017 Creative's Project Artist in Residency Studio program recipient. In addition to being rewarded a studio space at The Goat Farm Arts Center and exhibition opportunities, she will be working with the Atlanta community through various outreach initiatives over the next two years.
She further channels her creativity and desire to help others as an adjunct professor at multiple institutions in the greater Atlanta area, including SCAD, Atlanta Technical College and Kennesaw State University. However, her experience working in the educational field goes beyond the Southeast. Hiden has spent her summers living in Maine, working for the Maine Media Workshops as well as Bonaire, Panama and Iceland teaching through a study abroad program to high-school and college-aged students.
Her work as been exhibited in multiple venues around the country, published in Robert Hirsch's Light and Lens, shown publicly on the Atlanta Beltline and discussed in multiple photographic, arts and educational platforms."I aim to understand and see the photographic medium beyond its usual callings and uses. It is important for me to seek unique ways of bending the photographic language and question conventional ways of creating light and lens-based imagery. I want my work to encourage and engage my audience to reexamine the conventional roles and processes of the medium. The possibilities are limitless."
Much of Hiden's practice and interests evolve from an archive of familial Kodachrome slides and the possibilities these histories present. Mining and reconstructing discarded pasts present a possibility for new narratives and significance. With a fascination of reinvention, metamorphosis and states of transition, she presents a dialogue between representation and abstraction and a tension between connected-ness and unfamiliarites.