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BJP International Photography Award Exhibition launches in London

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Juno Calypso and Felicity Hammond, two British female photographers working in highly conceptual terms, are now on display at London’s TJ Boulting, as winners of the British Journal of Photography International Photography Award 2016.

Both Calypso and Hammond were awarded at a private view on Wednesday night, and will display their work until Saturday 19th March 2016 at London’s TJ Boulting gallery.

The IPA Series winner, Juno Calypso is showing six photographs and a video installation from her series Joyce, a collection of self-portraits of her invented, signature character. Her work, she says, “modern rituals of seduction and the laboured construction of femininity.”

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Calypso, 26, a graduate of London College of Communication, won the Series prize from over 1,500 entrants by a 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.

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Juno Calypso and Felicity Hammond, with BJP editor Simon Bainbridge

Her character Joyce, rising green and inscrutable, or emerging from a pink heart shaped bath or stood, veiled, in a hall off mirrors,  has been featured in The Guardian, Dazed & Confused and in the Projects section of BJP earlier last year.

“Juno Calypso’s work is representative of a new generation of female artists that are refreshing the long tradition of self-portraiture,” Ceschel said in the judging process. “And in doing so, she challenges, amuses, pleases and ultimately confuses us.”

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“I perform solitary studies into rituals of seduction and the laboured construction of femininity,’ the artist has said. “Objects once perceived as radical, fun and nutritious–an electronic anti-wrinkle mask, baby oil, a tin of cold meat–have become joyless and oppressive.”