Profile: Jo Longhurst
2013-10-06 Jo Longhurst
Jo Longhurst enjoys international recognition for her compelling explorations of ideas of perfection and traditions of photographic practice through photography, video, performance and installation. She gained her Ph.D. by Practice from the Royal College of Art, London. Between 2008-12 she was Leverhulme Fellow at the European Centre for Photographic Research, University of Wales, and is currently a Research Fellow at the Centre for Fine Art Research, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design.
Longhurst's practice often involves long-term collaborations with groups of dedicated individuals who are passionate about what they do. Her work with the British show Whippet – a dog bred to an ideal standard – focuses on the evolution of the visual image of the Whippet, and the construction of human identity through the shaping of the figure of the dog. A parallel study of elite gymnasts in training and competition explores what is required to produce a perfect performance, gently probing how ideas of perfection shape personal and national identities, as well as social and political systems.
Longhurst's work has been shown in numerous exhibitions and events, including Other Spaces, Mostyn, Wales; The Worldly House, Documenta (13), Kassel; On Perfection: an Artists' Symposium, Whitechapel Gallery, London; Photography in Britain since 2000, Krakow Photomonth; Cocker Spaniel and Other Tools for International Understanding, Kunsthalle zu Kiel and Ursula Blickle Foundation; Becoming Animal, Becoming Human, Neue Gesellschaft fur Bildende Kunst/New Society for Visual Arts, Berlin; New Works: Pavilion Commissions, National Media Museum, Bradford; New Contemporaries 2008, Liverpool Biennial; The Refusal, Museum Folkwang, Essen and Discovery Award, Rencontres d'Arles. She was awarded the Art Gallery of Ontario's Grange Prize (recently renamed the AIMIA/AGO Photography Prize) in 2012.
On Perfection: an Artists' Symposium, Jo Longhurst (ed), Intellect, August 2013
Jo Longhurst, Other Spaces, Ffotogallery in partnership with Mostyn, August 2012
Jo Longhurst, The Refusal, Steidl, April 2008