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, London. 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. She was shortlisted for the SpallArt Prize 2020, hosted by the Salzburger Kunstverein, and her work has won many other awards including the National Media Museum Photography Bursary; the Pavilion Commission; selection for Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Liverpool Biennial; Discovery Award, Arles International Photography Festival, and individual awards of Grants for the Arts, and Artist International Development Fund from the Arts Council of England and the British Council.
Her work is held in public and private collections and has been shown in many exhibitions and events, including New Order, Other Spaces, for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships Cultural Programme; Énergie animale. Tiere in der Gestaltung, Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich; Pets Friends Forever: Pets and their People, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden; Photography is Magic, Aperture Foundation, New York; 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.