Joanne Leah is a German artist who uses the medium of photography to continually experiment with methods of bodily detachment. She approaches her work thinking we can vividly bend and lurch into new structures by freeing ourselves from the constraints of physicality. Inspired by her childhood memories, the images explore issues such as isolation, detachment and identity. In Leah’s own words: “I am interested in relationships of contradiction and the beautiful monotony of inhabiting our bodies while simultaneously trying to escape them.” Besides photography, she has collaborated with Olive Hui and Kseniya Ovchinnikova, creating FLETISH – a site-reactive, living installation that included performance, painting, sculpture, sound, scent, taste and interaction. She is also involved with and supports the Artists Against Social Media Censorship, a petition that hopes to find a reasonable solution to eliminate unfair and unnecessary censorship from various social platforms. Joanne Leah is based in New York City.
image: Joanne Leah - What Goes In Must Come Out, 2018 (detail). Archival
Pigment Print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag. 10 3/4 × 16 in. 27.3 × 40.6 cm. Edition
of 10. This is part of a limited edition set. Photo courtesy Not For Them NYC