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About this project
Inspired by Plato's Perfect solids and Popova & Rodchenko's revolutionary experiments with aesthetic forms, I work with a body of original photographic source material - sketches & studies made as visiting artist at Heathrow Gymnastic club; Gemini Gymnastics, Oshawa; and the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships - to create hybrid works, which reference earlier attempts to define and create Perfect worlds.
Current work in progress draws on time spent with the Brazilian artistic gymnastics squad and a troupe of rhythmic gymnasts from a social project in a Rio favela.
Other Spaces was awarded The Grange Prize 2012 (renamed the AIMIA/AGO Prize), Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
6 works from this project were exhibited at Belfast Titanic for the Belfast Photo Youth Edition 2016. Other Spaces was also exhibited at Mostyn, Llandudno June-October 2012, and Ffotogallery, Cardiff, October 2012-January 2013
Jo Longhurst / Other Spaces: 128 page hardback book with essay by Sara Knelman and interview with Charlotte Cotton; designed by Smith, published by Ffotogallery in partnership with Mostyn
Other Spaces has been made possible through the generous support of AIMIA, Art Gallery of Ontario, Arts Council England, Arts Council Wales, British Council, Ffotogallery, John Kobal Foundation, Leverhulme Trust, National Media Museum, Mostyn, Pavilion, and the European Centre for Photographic Research