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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) 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 reserach 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 femininst concerns, my reserach, and most recently the PhD thesis The Queering of Photography, 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 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

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