Photographer Åsa Johannesson

Video interview by Self Publish, Be Happy Interview, 2010.

Åsa Johannesson talks about her book ‘The Boy and The Twins‘, which she published in 2010.  Pieces from Åsa’ works Portraits of Her and Portraits of Him are included in the exhibition TRANSportraits in Israel:

TRANSportraits
September 20 – November 1 2012
Works by Åsa Johannesson, Phillip Toledano and Lea Golda Holterman
at Minshar Gallery, David Hachmi St. Tel Aviv, Israel

Related link
Åsa Johannesson’s website

The Boy & The Twins by Åsa Johannesson

The exhibition The Boy & The Twins by Åsa Johannesson runs through September 18, 2011, at Fotogalleriet [format], Kulturhuset Mazetti, Friisgatan15B, 214 21 Malmö, Sweden

Installation view from The Boy & The Twins by Åsa Johannesson, Fotogalleriet [format], Malmö, Sweden, 2011

Installation view from The Boy & The Twins by Åsa Johannesson, Fotogalleriet [format], Malmö, Sweden, 2011

The Shirts from The Boy & The Twins series by Åsa Johannesson

Press release

Artist Åsa Johannesson makes use of the photographic portrait in order to explore the performance of femininity and masculinity. In her latest work The Boy & The Twins she uses the notions of childhood, time and place as she juxtaposes images from today’s England with photographs taken in Sweden in the 1980s.

The Boy & The Twins is the result of Åsa’s ongoing enquiry into the relationship between gendered embodiment and subjectivity within the photograph. The series seeks to open up new possibilities of gender constructions by using the space between the concepts of ‘boy’ and ‘girl’.

Åsa has for the past three years photographed the boy Jacob, who identifies as FTM (female to male transgender). These portraits invite the viewer to explore a world where the notion of gender is malleable. Each image becomes a fantasy world of masculinity where colour, gestures and gazes invite to multi-layered readings. These colour photographs are juxtaposed with archival images from Åsa’s childhood. By looking through old negatives from her grandparents house Åsa has selected a collection of snapshots from the mid 1980s showing her twin-sister and herself as young tomboys. Johannesson has then made large-scale prints of in these negatives in her London darkroom.

With subtlety and play, The Boy & The Twins form overlapping narratives as they explore a shared desire of masculinity. This series is an attempt to encourage a wider understanding of the shaping of gender.

Åsa received a Master in Photography at the Royal College of Art, London, in 2009. Her work has received several awards for her work, which has been exhibited internationally. Åsa lives and works in London and in her hometown Växjö, Sweden. The Boy & The Twins is her first show in Sweden.

Photo above: The Shirts from The Boy & The Twins series
by Åsa Johannesson

The buds from The Boy & The Twins by Åsa Johannesson, 2011

The Buds from The Boy & The Twins by Åsa Johannesson, 2011

The swing from The Boy & The Twins by Åsa Johannesson, 2011

The Swing from The Boy & The Twins by Åsa Johannesson, 2011

The clouds from The Boy & The Twins by Åsa Johannesson, 2011

The Clouds from The Boy & The Twins by Åsa Johannesson, 2011

Installation view from The Boy & The Twins by Åsa Johannesson, Fotogalleriet [format], Malmö, Sweden, 2011

Installation view from The Boy & The Twins by Åsa Johannesson, Fotogalleriet [format], Malmö, Sweden, 2011

Installation view from The Boy & The Twins by Åsa Johannesson, Fotogalleriet [format], Malmö, Sweden, 2011

Installation view from The Boy & The Twins by Åsa Johannesson, Fotogalleriet [format], Malmö, Sweden, 2011

Related Link
Åsa Johannesson’s online portfolio

DIY Photo Book Launch In London

Photographers’ Gallery, London, 5 – 6 June 2010 11:00, a weekend showcase of 50 exceptional contemporary DIY photo books, selected by Bruno Ceschel. A talk, and signings throughtout the weekend, will provide an opportunity for art book lovers to discuss, admire and buy publications originating from around the world. From the more obscure zines assembled in student bedrooms to impeccably printed photobooks, Self Publish, Be Happy Weekend will offer inspiration and happiness for everybody.

The Boy and The Twins
Queer Photographer Åsa Johannesson will launch her new book ‘The Boy and The Twins’, and Sunday at 1–2pm Åsa will be signing books.

Åsa Johannesson was born in 1979 in Växjö, Sweden. After moving to London she studied Photographic Arts at University of Westminster where she graduated in 2006. A year later, in 2007, she started MA Photography at the Royal College of Art, where she graduated in 2009. Åsa has received several awards for her work, which has been exhibited internationally and was also shortlisted for the Deutsche Bank Award 2009. She now lives and works in London.

Related Link
Åsa Johannesson’s website

"fellow travellers" – A Queer Travelling Exhibition

“fellow travellers” is group show of work by fifteen LGBT artists curated by James Lawler (UK). At the moment it features works of art by lesbian artists: Sadie Lee (UK), Asa Johannesson (Sweden), Claire Madden (UK), Laurie Lipton (UK), Sarah Plescia and Mandy McCartin (UK).

“fellow travellers” brought in over 20,000 visitors during its run at Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK, spring 2007. The exhibition has attracted interest from museums and galleries in Iceland, Germany, Slovenia and Denmark, and has already been shown in Reykjavik as a part of the celebrations for Icelands Gay Pride now in its 10th year, and 30 years of Icelandic gay rights ‘Samtokin78′, 2008.

The exhibition is a continuously evolving art project, which will include work by selected queer artists from each of its host cities arriving back in UK as a completely new exhibition.

The introduction of the catalogue reads:

“Fellow Travellers is a group exhibition bringing together the work of 15 artists who identify as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered). However, the concept behind this exhibition is to concentrate on the quality and diversity of the work displayed, rather than the sexuality of the artists involved. Although many of the artists have held numerous solo exhibitions or participated in other group shows, the very nature of being a practicing artist often means the creative process takes place in isolation. Despite this, many recurrent themes run through the work on display here. The artists have created their own narrative worlds: glamorous, fantastic, escapist – their own urban utopias.”

Related

See a video by Homotopia.tv with curator James Lawler talking about the concept of the “fellow travellers” exhibition, and the Tom of Finland exhibition in Liverpool, automn 2008.