My work is concerned with the complex relationship autobiography has with place and identity. Questions central to my work include how images, memory and social constructs mediate and inform our physical and visual experiences within nature and place. I am particularly interested in how we come to know a place and what elements contained within a landscape or locale hold narrative, historical and personal agency.
Jonathan Johnson is an artist and experimental filmmaker whose work explores ideas about place, identity and nature. Autobiography plays a role in Johnson’s work as he often references his personal background of mixed-race and transnational histories and experiences. Johnson’s work has been shown at film festivals and galleries in over 30 countries including: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Modern Art Museum, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; Galleria Sment, Braga, Portugal; Africa Centre, Cape Town, South Africa; Sofia Arsenal Museum of Contemporary Art, Sofia, Bulgaria; Haverhill Experimental Film Festival; Ann Arbor Film Festival; Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece; Union Docs, Brooklyn; Winnipeg Underground Film Festival and the EXiS Film Festival, Seoul, South Korea.