EJ Major: Shoulder to Shoulder
Solo show at Matt Roberts Arts, 2-24 September 2011
Opening Reception 1st September 6.30-9pm
EJ Major is an artist and Lecturer in Photography at Middlesex University. She was selected from over 960 international photographers as the Winner of the Salon Photo Prize 2011. The Prize includes a solo show at Matt Roberts Arts where she will be exhibiting two bodies of work, Shoulder to Shoulder and Marie Claire RIP.
Major's photographic work often involves an element of performance and is rooted in questions of identity. In the past few years she has become interested in protest, looking to the Suffragette movement as a historical context for the performance and investigation of protest today. In the series Shoulder to Shoulder, Major explores the mixture of confusion and concern that surrounds awareness in the globalised internet generation.
Marie Claire RIP is a series of images based on an article published by Marie Claire magazine in 2002, which featured police mug shots of an unnamed woman taken over a fourteen-year period. Major restages the source material using herself as the subject. This body of work has featured in International Exhibitions and Biennials across the world. This will be its first showing in the UK.
The Salon Photo Prize was selected by Simon Baker, Curator of Photography, Tate; Charlotte Cotton, Creative Director, National Media Museum; Stefanie Braun, Curator, The Photographers' Gallery; Tim Clark, Editor-in-chief, 1000 Words Photography Magazine and Matt Roberts, Director Matt Roberts Arts.
Shoulder to Shoulder will be on display from 2-24 September 2011 at Matt Roberts Arts, 25 Vyner Street, London E2 9DG.
The Private View will take place on Thursday 1 September 2011 from 6-9pm.
Major has also produced a Limited Edition Artists Book of her work love is...; which will be released on 1 September 2011.
EJ Major graduated with an MFA Fine Art Goldsmiths in 2009. Her first solo show in 2008 was in conjunction with Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Visual Art. Group shows include: The New York Art Fair (2010); The Helsinki Photography Triennial (2009); Dallas Contemporary, USA (2008); The Minnesota Centre of Photography in Minneapolis (2008); The Australian Centre of Photography in Sydney (2007-2008); Clampart in New York (2007) and The 2nd International Fotofestival, Germany (2007).