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


2019

Exhibition: Peer-to-Peer, Shanghai Xiang Cheng Center of Photography, China, December
Exhibition: Peer-to-Peer (Nominated by Brett Rogers), LOOK Biennial, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, Autumn
Exhibition: Location/Dislocation – Between forgetting and remembering, The Mark Rothko Art Center, Latvia, Curated by Vineta Kaulaca, July 5-September 8
Exhibition: Dad Jokes, NContemporary, Milan, May
Art Fair: Photo London, Ncontemporary, Somerset House, May

2018
The Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece, June 6 until July 29
Group Show: At Home She’s a Tourist, curated by Tom Lovelace, Copeland Gallery, London

2017
Photoforum PasquArt Photo Museum, Biel, January-April

2015
To Eat With the Eyes, Cabin Gallery, London, November-December
Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch, Rome, April-June
The reconstructed past, mc2Gallery, Milan, in collaboration with Ncontemporary, September-November

2014
Monstrares, Julie Meneret, New York, February-April 2014

2013
Ancestral Home, Simon Oldfield Gallery, London

2012
White Project, Paris
FaMa Gallery, Verona

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