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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.
Subsequent works draw on time spent with a troupe of rhythmic gymnasts in the Mangueira favela, Rio de Janeiro. These movement studies explore the girls’ drive to perfect their acrobatic dance moves, as well as their broader social and political situation.
Other Spaces was awarded The Grange Prize 2012 (renamed the AIMIA/AGO Prize), Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Works from Other Spaces have been presented as solo exhibitions at Mostyn, Llandudno, 2012; Ffotogallery, Cardiff, 2012/2013; Belfast Titanic, 2016; Kelvin Hall Ballroom, Glasgow and Perth Theatre & Concert Hall, 2018, as part of the European Championships cultural programme.
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, 2012
Other Spaces has been made possible through the generous support of AIMIA, Art Gallery of Ontario, Arts Council England, Arts Council Wales, British Council, Festival 2018, Ffotogallery, John Kobal Foundation, Leverhulme Trust, National Media Museum, Mostyn, Pavilion, and the European Centre for Photographic Research