This exhibition featured recent photographic work by internationally acclaimed multidisciplinary artist Sarah Anne Johnson (born 1976). Field Trip was inspired by the artist’s fascination with outdoor music festivals. Johnson first attended an outdoor festival at age sixteen, becoming immediately attracted to its dynamic and pleasure-seeking lifestyle which represented a rite-of-passage for her and many other young people. In time, she returned to photograph this phenomenon as a voyeur, transforming from subjective participant to objective chronicler.
Johnson reworked her prints using image-editing software or paint, glitter, and surface incisions to add layers of meaning in order to capture a psychological state of mind that the camera alone cannot convey.
Johnson received her MFA from Yale University and a BFA from the University of Manitoba. Her work is featured in numerous public collections including the Guggenheim Museum in New York, The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Curated by Sharona Adamowicz-Clements. Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.