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Joyce / The Honeymoon

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In 2011, after two decades of taking pictures of myself in private, I began a series of self-portraits in which I staged myself as a fictional character named Joyce. Without knowing how to explain what I was doing at the time, I used my grandmothers’ houses, or rented bedrooms online, and took pictures of myself while the hosts were asleep. Once alone I used Joyce to reenact the private underlife of a woman consumed by the laboured construct of femininity, carried out to the point of ritualised absurdity.

 

‘The Honeymoon’ is a continuation of the ‘Joyce’ series. In the spring of 2015 I spent a week alone at a couples-only honeymoon resort in Pennsylvania, USA. With a suitcase concealing wigs and wedding lingerie, I posed as a travel writer and was granted keys to each suite in the resort, which I exploited as stages for new self-portraits. In each room we find Joyce in solitary moments of preparation and anticipation. Seduction has begun in secrecy. A green clay body-mask beauty routine becomes a science-fiction metamorphosis. Joyce appears alone, absorbed and exhausted by her own reflection.

BIO

 

Juno is a 2012 graduate of the BA Photography course at London College of Communication, where she began a series of staged self-portraits disguised as a fictional character named Joyce. Alone with a camera and a remote control, Juno uses Joyce to reenact the private underlife of a woman consumed by the laboured construct of femininity, carried out to the point of ritualised absurdity.

 

In 2012 Juno’s degree show was awarded both the Hotshoe Award and the Michael Wilson Photographic Prize. In 2013 The Catlin Art Guide commissioned Juno to continue the project. The new work was awarded the 2013 Catlin Art Prize.

For her latest series Juno spent a week alone at a couple’s-only resort in Pennsylvania, where she staged solitary scenes inside a romantic-themed honeymoon suite. The series was selected by The British Journal of Photography as the winner of it’s 2016 International Photography Award.

Juno’s work has been exhibited internationally with group shows in London, New York, Switzerland and Mexico. Her work has been featured in The Guardian, VOGUE, Dazed & Confused, i-D, VICE, The Huffington Post, amongst many others.

Juno has recently been selected as one of this years Foam Talents: 24 young artists shaping the future of photography.

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