Christy Johnson is a London-based artist and academic originally from Los Angeles, California. Trained 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.
Johnson’s practice explores identity and the sexual body; the performance of gender in ritual contexts; the relationship of documentation and narrative structure(s); collecting, collections and the mobilisation of found material; the archive as ‘live’ process, a space of activation; and sites of memory.
She continues to be part of the Photography/Video Research Cluster at the University for the Creative Arts, UK. This group, which includes leading researchers and practitioners, provides a focus for research activity in photography, film, video and sound, and also at the interface between them. It encourages debate about the development of photographic, video and related technologies and their relationship to art practice, by hosting seminars, visiting speakers and conferences.