Asa Johannesson MOCA
LOOKING OUT, LOOKING IN (2015-)
Looking Out, Looking In presents gender as unfixed. The work suggests that gender inhabits a difference that is non-oppositional – a difference that does not necessitates a negation of ‘the same’ in order to be meaningful.
Through a study of the discourse of the studio portrait through gaze, gesture and texture, Looking Out, Looking In seeks to emphasize the physical and formal elements of a photographic portrait. This is an attempt to generate encounters that operate through affect rather than simply through the regime of representation. The perfections and flaws of pose, skin, clothing and backdrop become central elements in these encounters between sitter and artist, inviting the viewer into an open dialogue on identity.
The identities of the people depicted in these portraits do not align with the dual norms of ‘male’ and ‘female’. The photographs are kept untitled, highlighting that the sitters’ gender identities are unfixed. Looking Out, Looking In was shot in London in 2015 and is still ongoing.
If you like to participate as a sitter for Looking Out, Looking In, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.