The London Group Open Exhibition 2011 - Georgina McNamara
03 November 2011
The London Group Open Exhibition is held once every two years, showcasing the work of current group members alongside externally submitted pieces. John Jones are proud sponsors of the 2011 exhibition, and are pleased to announce that Georgina McNamara is the winner of the John Jones prize. Georgina’s piece, entitled ‘Revolver’, depicts a female figure, alternately revealing or concealing various aspects of herself. These black and white portraits relate to the idea of the character or persona that we display to the outside world, and explore ideas of visibility, privacy, masking and disappearance. Resting between photography and performance art, this is a fascinating sequence and we are pleased to offer the artist a £500 bursary to spend in any John Jones department.
Georgina states ‘Growing up around my father, a newspaper cartoonist who worked from home, the nagging fascination I have for sequences is now visible in my work. The title of Revolver references both Nadar's famous revolving self-portrait (c1865) and Sontag's famous claim (On Photography, 1971) that there is an aggression implicit in every use of the camera. By re-appropriating imagery from the past, I mean to draw attention to the very different ideas contained within the selected frames.’