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Jo Longhurst is internationally recognised for her explorations of cultural notions of perfection and traditions of photographic practice through photography, video, performance and installation

Her practice often involves long-term collaborations with groups of dedicated individuals who are passionate about what they do. Her on-going projects The Refusal, and Other Spaces explore the worlds of the British whippet and the elite gymnast. Despite the many layers of vision and posing, mirroring and doubling that inform her investigations, her questions and concerns most often revolve around intriguing triadic relationships and questions of power, control, gender and agency, highlighting the difficulties associated with any form of visual representation.

Longhurst is a graduate of the Royal College of Art. Her work is held in public and private collections and has been shown in many exhibitions and events, including Arche Noah. Uber Tier und Mensch in der Kunst, Museum Ostwall in Dortmund; Sport, Sport, Sport, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow & Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, London; Other Spaces, Mostyn, Llandudno; The Worldly House, dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel; Artists' Symposium on Perfection, Whitechapel Gallery, London; Photography in Britain since 2000, Krakow; Cocker Spaniel and Other Tools for International Understanding, Kunsthalle zu Kiel; Becoming Animal, Becoming Human, NGBK, Berlin; New Works, National Media Museum, Bradford; and The Refusal, Museum Folkwang, Essen

In 2012 she was awarded the Art Gallery of Ontario's Grange Prize (now the AIMIA/AGO Photography Prize), Canada's highest award for excellence in international photography