Image: Juno Calypso wins British Journal of Photography International Photography Award 2016

Juno Calypso wins British Journal of Photography International Photography Award 2016

Our 2015 Artist of the Day Juno Calypso has been named a winner of the British Journal of Photography's International Photography Awards 2016.

Calypso won the Series Award for Joyce, a collection of performative self-portraits that reflect on “modern rituals of seduction and the laboured construction of femininity.”

The artist's project was selected from over 1,500 entrants by a prestigious judging panel including The Guardian’s photography critic Sean O’Hagan, Self Publish, Be Happy founder Bruno Ceschel, TJ Boulting’s Hannah Watson and BJP’s Executive Editor Diane Smyth.

Whilst studying photography at the London College of Communication, Calypso spent her student loan flying to “the middle of nowhere in Pennsylvania,” alone, to picture herself in the state’s honeymoon hotels.

“The idea always starts with the location – finding somewhere with a time-warp feel. This year I went to stay alone at a couple’s honeymoon resort in the US to continue the project. So it begins with an appreciation of 1960s pink decor, but also ends up as an awkward social encounter. I like to explore those feelings – seduction, solitude, desire, disappointment.”

This year marks the 10th edition of the prize, which has previously been won by Flowers Gallery artist Edmund Clark.

Juno will take part in a group photography exhibition The Real Thing at Flowers Gallery, New York in January 2016, exploring four female photographers who experiment with notions of constructed identity, gender roles and sexuality.

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