Åsa Johannesson : Looking Out, Looking In
With a focus on gender fluidity, Åsa Johannesson examines relationships between gender, self-image and photographic portraiture. She is interested in the ways in which the photographic portrait can be used to represent and rethink identities and how encounters can be created between viewer and image.
This on-going series invites the viewer to reflect on gender, self and otherness through the acts of looking, and being looked at. Through a study of gaze, gesture and texture, Looking Out, Looking In seeks to emphasize the physical and formal elements of a photographic portrait. The perfections and flaws of pose, skin, clothing and backdrop become central elements in these meetings between sitter and artist, inviting the viewer into an open dialogue on identity. The photographs are kept untitled, highlighting that the sitters’ gender identities are unfixed.
Looking Out, Looking In was first shown at MOCA, London in 2015 where it was met with critical acclaim. Previous solo exhibitions include The White Gaze (Växjö Konsthall, 2015) and The Boy and the Twins (Gothenburg Biennale, 2013).
Åsa studied Photography at the Royal College of Art in London. Currently, she is completing a practice-based PhD at London College of Communication/University of the Arts. Åsa is based in East London, where she lives and works.
Showing 8 March to 22 April 2016 at PARCspace, Room W224, London College of Communication, Elephant and Castle, London SE1 6SB.
Open Tuesdays from 12noon to 3pm, and other times by appointment. To arrange a visit, please contact Robin Christian at email@example.com
Opening party and Åsa Johannesson’s short talk, Tuesday 8 March, from 16.30 to 18.30. Interesting refreshments will be served - all welcome.
Part of UAL Research Fortnight 2016, please see the website for more events taking place from 7 to 18 March.
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