These themes resonate in her video, My Mother, A Portrait of Love, which is one of the works LeSeur is exhibiting at Photo London. This two-channel video features the faces of LeSeur and her mother, both barely visible in an otherwise dark setting.
“That piece means so much to me, because it’s speaking about my relationship with my mother and the love that goes on forever regardless of where we are in life and death,” LeSeur said. “It examines a lesson my mom taught about how darkness will always be there, but it isn’t going to last forever, and you have to fight through it and honor yourself to get to the light.”
Like LeSeur, this will also be Johnson’s first appearance at Photo London, though he is the recipient of several awards and fellowships and has exhibited at the Photography Show by AIPAD and with the European Cultural Center during the 2019 Venice Biennale.
Johnson studied English at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign and photography at Columbia College in Chicago, where he first discovered mixed-media photography—a concept he further explored while at completing his Master of Fine Arts degree in photography at SCAD, as professors encouraged him to experiment with form.
“Physically interacting with the work lets me make emotions tangible,” Johnson said, “so this idea of pushing past the limits of the medium worked for me and for what I wanted to communicate.”