Other Spaces: Jo Longhurst’s stunning shots of gymnasts are a joy to behold
by James Cartwright, Monday 23 July 2012
Jo Longhurst has a CV longer than my arm (which is long) that includes seemingly hundreds of group and solo shows across the world, reproductions in numerous books and even a cheeky PhD from the Royal College of Art. All of which leads us to believe she’s an incredibly talented woman and this suspicion is confirmed by the sheer beauty of her work and the meticulous attitude she takes towards her practice.
Her most recent body of photographs Other Spaces focusses its lens on the Heathrow Gymnastic Club and the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, admiringly documenting the toned physiques and aerial prowess of the young gymnasts on display in an effort to “…explore the physical and emotional experiences of elite gymnasts through classic portraiture, appropriated photographs, performance and installation.” The resulting body of work is incredibly striking and delicately highlights the mental and physical conditioning experienced by these young athletes with incredible finesse.
Other Spaces is now open at MOSTYN, Llandudno, and runs till 30 September.