Jonny Briggs

In search of lost parts of my childhood I try to think outside the reality I was socialised into and create new ones with my parents and self. Through these I use photography to explore my relationship with deception, the constructed reality of the family, and question the boundaries between my parents and I, between child/adult, self/other, nature/culture, real/fake in attempt to revive my unconditioned self, beyond the family bubble.

Although easily assumed to be photoshopped or faked, upon closer inspection the images are often realised to be more real than first expected. Involving staged installations, the cartoonesque and the performative, I look back to my younger self and attempt to re-capture childhood nature through my assuming adult eyes.

Solo Shows


The Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece, June 6 until July 29, 2018
Group Show: At Home She’s a Tourist, curated by Tom Lovelace, Copeland Gallery, London, 2018
Photoforum PasquArt Photo Museum, Biel, January-April 2017
To Eat With the Eyes, Cabin Gallery, London, November-December 2015
Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch, Rome, April-June 2015
The reconstructed past, mc2Gallery, Milan, in collaboration with Ncontemporary, September-November 2015
Monstrares, Julie Meneret, New York, February-April 2014
Ancestral Home, Simon Oldfield Gallery, London, 2013
White Project, Paris, 2012
FaMa Gallery, Verona, 2012

Selected Group Shows


“Location/ Dislocation. Between Remembering and Forgetting”, The Mark Rothko Center, Daugavpils, Latvia, 2019
How do we perceive reality?, Ncontemporary, Milan, 2018
My London, Peckham24, Copeland Gallery, London, Curated by Emma Bowkett, 2018
At Home She’s a Tourist, curated by Tom Lovelace, Copeland Gallery, London, May 2017
From Selfie to Self Expression; Saatchi Gallery, London, March–May 2017
When something bad happens again, it starts to feel normal, Ncontemporary, Turin, November 2016
Centre Photographique, Rouen, curated by Raphaëlle Stopin, June-July 2016
Enfances, Galerie d’YS, Brussels, November-December 2015
DEAD; Saatchi Gallery, London, June-July 2015
Soil Culture touring exhibition; including White Moose, Dartington, Peninsula Arts and Hauser & Wirth Somerset, 2015
Fondazione Fotografia Modena, Italy, September-December 2015
Photo 50; Against Nature, London Art Fair, London, curated by Sheyi Bankale, January 2015
Florilegia, Grimaldi Gavin, London, January-February 2015
Foam Talent 2014, Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam, September 2014
Family Politics, Jerwood Space, London, 2013
The Future Can Wait, Victoria House, London, 2013
Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed, Photographers’ Gallery, London, 2012
Out of Focus: Photography, Saatchi Gallery, London, 2012
The Catlin Prize, London, 2012
Prix Leica, Marta Herford Museum, Germany, 2011
The Way We Live Now, The Design Museum, London, 2011
New Sensations, Victoria House, London, 2011
Paraty Em Foco, International Photography Festival, Paraty, 2011
Moscow Young Artist Biennale, Moscow, 2010
RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London, 2009