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Research interests

I am a fine art photographer. My research comprises of photographic practice and writing and is concerned with the relationship between the terms 'photograph' and 'queer.' In a nutshell, my research explores ways to make possible a logic of thinking outside of the binary.

My PhD project The Queering of Photography: A Generative Encounter (2014-19) develops a materially rooted queer methodology and presents a critique of binary rooted systems of thinking that exist within dominant discourse of photography.

By turning to the technological and material conditions underpinning the photograph’s existence, my research explores a queering ambition in the form of a photographic agency. This ontological stance enables a discursive mode of investigating core queer concerns, for example questions of difference in the context of assumed closed systems. Developing from a photographic portrait practice that explores the notion of gender as nonconforming, my research has through experimentations using a large format camera generated the photographic works Looking Out, Looking In; Turn; Figural, Figurative; Skin; and Frame.​

Entangling traditional photographic disciplines with contemporary feminist concerns, my research contributes to current photography practice and theory, Queer theory, New Materialism and Posthuman philosophy.



Supervisory Interests

I am interested in supervising PhD and MRes students in the following areas: feminist photographic practices and theories, queer methodologies, queer photographic practices and theories, queer activism and representation, New Materialism, Posthumanism, photography and ontology, non-dialectical contemporary philosophy, process-led photographic research.


Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Royal College of Art

1 Oct 201418 Oct 2019

Master, Royal College of Art

1 Oct 20071 Jul 2009

Bachelor, University of Westminster

1 Oct 20033 Jul 2006

External positions

Visiting Lecturer in Fine Art & Photography , Royal College of Art

1 Sep 2013 → …

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Research Output 2019 2019

Nonbinary Difference: Dionysus, Arianna, and the Fictive Arts of Museum Photography

Johannesson, A. & Le Couteur, C., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Gender, Sexuality, and the Museum: Activism, Unruliness, and Alterity. Levin, A. & Adair, J. (eds.). Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter