LANDSKRONA FOTO FESTIVAL
AUGUST 19–28 2016
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.
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).
Åsa Johannesson lives and works in London, UK and in Växjö, Sweden. She studied Photography at the Royal College of Art in London.