We are delighted to welcome Juno Calypso for the June edition of Photoforum. Calypso is an award-winning photographer whose practice primarily involves self-portraiture, in which she stages herself as a fictional character named Joyce. Confining herself to rented bedrooms and honeymoon suites, Calypso performs solitary studies into modern rituals of seduction and the laboured construction of femininity.
In her work, objects once perceived as radical, fun and nutritious – an electronic anti-wrinkle mask, computer equipment from the 1980s, baby oil, a tin of cold meat – have become joyless and oppressive. The character of Joyce appears alone, consumed by artifice. Her glazed appearance acting as a mirror to the exhaustion felt whilst bearing the dead weight of constructed femininity.
In 2015, Calypso received the BJP International Photography Award and features in the FORMAT International Photography Festival off year exhibition reGeneration3 showing from 26th March - 12th June 2016 in QUAD Gallery.
See more of Juno Calypso's work here: http://junocalypso.com/