The Queering of Photography

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Åsa Johannesson’s exhibition The Queering of Photography consists of photographs and prose poems. With a visual language that fluctuates between formal and experimental expressions, Johannesson examines how the term 'queer' can be used as a critical yet playful approach to photographic representation. These works were created between 2015 and 2023 in London and Rome in collaboration with friends and acquaintances who identify as LGBTQ+. Some of the photographs depict Roman statues transformed into strange monochrome creatures and some

The title The Queering of Photography refers to performances of pose and gaze that occur in front of the camera but also to the performances that operate within photographic materiality and technology. The work Turn shows a twisted human neck and sometimes half a face in a soft pastel Polaroid palette. In the installation Skin photography is presented in three-dimensional forms in an attempt to express a queering of photographic conventions such as flatness and rectangularity. A monologue written from a photographer's perspective compliments these photographs with reflections on how 'queer' can express itself in photographic production.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2023
EventÅsa Johannesson: The Queering of Photography - Centre for Photography, Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 22 Apr 202328 May 2023


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