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VOTE / EXHIBITION

Liz' exhibition as part of her nomination for the Aimia/Ago Photography Prize has just opened on Thursday 6th of September at AGO in Toronto. You can view installations shots below and at https://www.aimiaagophotographyprize.com/artists/liz-johnson-artur . While the four nominees had been picked by a small jury, the prize winner will be chosen by the public, while visiting in person and online!

It would be great if you could support Liz if you like her work. 

 

You can vote here  https://www.aimiaagophotographyprize.com/vote

 

Spread the word!

 

Thanks!!

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SHORTLIST

LIZ JOHNSON ARTUR SHORTLISTED FOR AIMIA I AGO Photography Prize 2017

It has just been announced that Liz is one of 4 artists who have been shortlisted for this year's Aimia I Ago prize! Her work will be exhibited along side the other nominees in September and the public can choose the winner on the spot or online from September 13. 

https://www.aimiaagophotographyprize.com/artists/liz-johnson-artur

Come back for more informations regarding voting and the exhibition!

 


FEATURE

THIS LONG CENTURY

Liz' work is featured on the Jason Evan's great This Long Century project blog. Check it out!

http://www.thislongcentury.com/?p=9680&c=350.....i


Johnson Artur's monograph included in New York Times list

Very happy that Liz Johnson Artur's monograph with Bierke Verlag has been included in the 'Best Photo Books 2016' list of the New York Times.

What a great way to end this year! 

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FEATURE

The Fader talks to Johnson Artur about her work and recent monograph, Nov 2016

"In her new untitled photography bookLiz Johnson Artur manages to capture compelling nuances of blackness. Instead of perpetuating oversaturated narratives centered around black plight, The Russian-Ghanaian artist highlights friendship, family, and love. Artur presents the beauty in the normalcy of life in over 25 years of rich photographs taken in London, Paris, New York, different countries in Africa, and the Caribbean that thread together diverse experiences of black people around the world.

There's a sense of intimacy from the way Artur approaches her work — in images of parties, she depicts the spirit of the dance floor and when black men and boys are her subjects, they appear majestic and free. Last month, The FADER spoke with Artur over email about how she started taking photos for the book and why it's important to offer a diverse representation of the African Diaspora."

Find the full feature HERE


Exhibition Installation View, A Thousand and X Little Actions, Lothringer 13, 2016

Exhibition Installation View, A Thousand and X Little Actions, Lothringer 13, 2016

EXHIBITION

A Thousand and X Little Actions

with Liz Johnson Artur (GHA/RU), Jacob Holdt (DK), David Hartt (CAN), William E. Jones (US), Jason Larkin (UK)

Lothringer 13 Halle/Room Munich, 8. 10. – 27. 11. 2016

For “A Thousand and X Little Actions,” Jörg Koopmann has invited artists, whose work is shaped by a critical, sensitive confrontation with existing relationships and whose attitude reflects a curiosity towards humankind and an openness toward their subjects: Five artists, working across borders, who closely examine diverse identities and their stereotypes and expand upon them, without romanticizing anything in the process.

The starting point is the recently published book by Liz Johnson Artur, informed by her Russian-German-British-Bulgarian-Ghanaian upbringing. In Lothringer13 Halle, Liz Johnson Artur lays out her “Black Balloon Archive” for the first time, a dense compendium of her work over the last 30 years, full of empathetic examinations of her environment. Liz describes her motivation regarding her archive as follows:

“I’m interested in normality. I observe the basic things that are individual yet common to us all – for example, gestures, body language, emotions. I know that sounds clichéd. You could say, normal is boring, but normal is what a lot of people need in order to simply be a part of something. Because if you take that away from them and always put them in the cool, the colorful, the poor or the religious corner, then they are simply there, and the entire picture will never really change.”

Find more info HERE

Exhibition Installation View, A Thousand and X Little Actions, Lothringer 13, 2016

Exhibition Installation View, A Thousand and X Little Actions, Lothringer 13, 2016

Exhibition Installation View, A Thousand and X Little Actions, Lothringer 13, 2016

Exhibition Installation View, A Thousand and X Little Actions, Lothringer 13, 2016

Exhibition Installation View, A Thousand and X Little Actions, Lothringer 13, 2016

Exhibition Installation View, A Thousand and X Little Actions, Lothringer 13, 2016

Liz Johnson Artur, giving a tour of her installation, Lothringer 13, 2016

Liz Johnson Artur, giving a tour of her installation, Lothringer 13, 2016

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INTERVIEW/FEATURE

ID Magazine, Oct 2016

On the occasion of Johnson Artur's slide show exhibiton See Me Here! at the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton, Niamh McIntyre spoke to Liz about here work and inspirations.

"For me, taking portraits is a very personal, one-on-one experience", Liz says. "It's a collaboration, even if it's only a very brief encounter." 

find the full feature HERE

 

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EXHIBITION

See Me Here! A unique night photographic installation

Black Cultural Archives Brixton, 23.09. - 29.09.2016

Johnson Artur exhibited a slide reel of visual and audio work captured in South London from her Black Balloon Archive. The installation was on view in the evening hours between 23.09 and 29.09. and coincided with Afropunk London.

(project in conjunction with Dean Ricketts, The Watch-Men Agency

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Exhibition Installation View, wir, ihr, sie, Kunstverein Leipzig, 2016

Exhibition Installation View, wir, ihr, sie, Kunstverein Leipzig, 2016

EXHIBITION

1.-3. Person plural: wir, ihr, sie

Kunstverein Leipzig, 20.08. - 06.09.16

wir, ihr, sie is the second part of the exhibition 1.-3. Person singular/plural, curated by Anna Voswinckel at the Kunstverein Leipzig.  This part was dealing with questions of identity and socialization. Family, community rituals, visual practices of affiliation and othering were being examined. The works on display were characterized by a search for breakups and bordercrossings, and a practice of participant observation and artistic research.

Artur Johnson included 13 images, which can be seen in a full installation view HERE.

Exhibition Installation View, wir, ihr, sie, Kunstverein Leipzig, 2016

Exhibition Installation View, wir, ihr, sie, Kunstverein Leipzig, 2016

Exhibition Installation View, wir, ihr, sie, Kunstverein Leipzig, 2016

Exhibition Installation View, wir, ihr, sie, Kunstverein Leipzig, 2016

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INTERVIEW

Brief Encounters: An interview with Liz Johnson Artur

Karen McQuaid, senior curator at The Photographers’ Gallery, has interviewed Liz Johnson-Artur, as she is one of the artists featured in their current exhibition Made You Look: Dandyism and Black Masculinity. This interview, along with other writings and images on dandyism and black masculinity, is available in the new issue of Loose Associations, a quarterly publication on photography and image culture, published by The Photographers' Gallery.

Find the interview HERE.

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Brimingham, 2003

Brimingham, 2003

Zimbabwe, 1997

Zimbabwe, 1997

EXHIBITION

Made You Look: Dandyism and Black Masculinity

The Photographer's Gallery, London, 15.7. - 25.9.

The Photographer's Gallery has chosen 12 images of Johnson Artur's Black Balloon Archive to include in their group exhibition this summer, curated by Ekow Eshun. Other photographer presented are Malick Sidibé, Jeffrey Henson Scales, Samuel Fosso and others. As the gallery noted: 

"The Photographers’ Gallery presents Made You Look: Dandyism and Black Masculinity, a group exhibition exploring the identity of the black dandy as performed in studio and street photographs from London to New York to Bamako. In the early 21st century, black men are influential trendsetters in fashion, music and culture. This increased prominence however, has not had an impact on the state of high vulnerability still experienced by black men - as illustrated by disproportionate rates of incarceration the UK and USA. Dandyism, with its emphasis on dress and flamboyance, is examined as radical personal politics and a provocative counter to stereotypical representations and physical objectification of black masculinity. This exhibition seeks to consciously problematise ideas of a male identity through dress and deportment that is arresting, tantalising, louche, camp and gloriously assertive."

more infos: The Photographer's Gallery

Detroit, 1998

Detroit, 1998

Exhibition Installation View: Made You Look, 2016, selection from the Black Balloon Archive

Exhibition Installation View: Made You Look, 2016, selection from the Black Balloon Archive