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Christy Johnson


Educated in the Fine Arts, Johnson’s interdisciplinary practice involves time-based media and the photographic arts. She has primarily chosen to work beyond the context of the gallery, exploring new platforms, contexts and sites for her practice, as well as relationships to diverse audiences. The work includes artist’s books, public art commissions, installation works and museum intervention. Key themes include: the performance of gender in ritual contexts; the terrain of ‘documentation’ as an imaginative and performative zone; and collecting, collections and the mobilization of found material.

Johnson earned a BA degree from the Department of Art, California State University, Northridge, a Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts, both from the Department of Art and Art History at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.  Her professional teaching has covered a wide range of disciplines, and extended to teaching at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest, Hungary, the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria, the Universidad del Pais Vasco in Bilbao, Spain, and a visiting artist position at the University of Art & Design Helsinki, Finland. 

Living and working in the UK from 1990 to June 2012, Johnson was a member of the PhotoVideoSound Research Cluster, and the Centre for Spatial Analysis & Intervention at University for the Creative Arts. She has received numerous research grant awards, most notably from the Arts and Humanities Research Council for her project and book publication Feast: Christy Johnson and 33 Confessors  launched at the UCR California Museum of Photography. This work has been featured in Vertigo Magazine, Eye Magazine, Source, Afterimage and Photography & Culture.

Johnson held the position of Associate Dean for the School of Fine Arts at University for the Creative Arts, UK from 2009-2012, and was the Director of Studies of Video and Photography for both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs from 2004-2009. Alongside the Director role, Johnson also developed the postgraduate provision MA in Artists’ Film, Video and Photography. While Associate Dean, she led the identification and development of links between the school and relevant external organizations within the cultural sector, creative industries, and the local community, the most notable being the co-curation of two expanded moving image commissions by Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger and artist Lindsay Seers at the Turner Contemporary in Margate, UK launched on July 7, 2012.
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