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Jo Longhurst
Medium: 4 c-type prints on aluminium discs, each 28"
Year made: 2004
London-based artist, Jo Longhurst has spent several years working with British Whippet breeders, photographing their dogs by bloodline, exploring their obsessive quest for the perfect show dog. Despite the wealth of animal imagery in the history of art, it would seem that animals are rarely, if ever, represented as themselves; animals always appear to stand in for something or someone else, as symbol, metaphor or allegory. Longhurst challenges this precedent. Underpinning the artist's work is an exploration of the history and practice of photographic portraiture, and the effect of looking and being seen. Her photographs question ideas of conformity and difference, breeding and eugenics – the search for perfection.
Location: Paris
Date acquired: 09 September 2004
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