Åsa Johannesson lives and works in London, UK and in Växjö, Sweden. She studied Photography at the Royal College of Art in London.
Looking Out, Looking In was first shown at MOCA London in 2015. Previous solo exhibitions include The White Gaze (Växjö Konsthall, 2015) and The Boy and the Twins (Panncentralen Mariestad, Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art Extended, 2013).
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.
Looking Out, Looking In focuses on gender fluidity and non-binary gender. This 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 in this series are kept untitled, highlighting that the sitters’ gender identities are unfixed.
Ruth Bridget Brennan is a British artist living and working in London. Born out of an obsession with objects resting on objects Brennan’s practice examines and unpacks the still life image. After studying on the Photographic Arts programme at the University of Westminster, Brennan currently attends the Royal College of Art, London.
Trashy Photographs is a series of photographs in the still life genre. The work began is 2014 and continues to be produced. Objects are collected, stored, transported, and finally photographed in a rhythm that in many ways echoes the handling of the objects. The artist attempts to bring new creative perspective to the still image through the use of play, repetition and misdirection.