Fotomonday: The Honeymoon / Joyce II – by Juno Calypso

With “Fotomonday“, each week we showcase the work of women photographers from around the world. 



In 2011, after two decades of taking pictures of myself in private, I began a series of self-portraits disguised as a fictional character named Joyce. Without knowing how to explain what I was doing at the time, I used my grandmothers’ houses or rented bedrooms online, and took pictures of myself while the hosts were asleep. Once alone I used Joyce to reenact the private underlife of a woman consumed by the laboured construct of femininity, carried out to the point of ritualised absurdity.

‘The Honeymoon’ is a continuation of the ‘Joyce’ series. In the spring of 2015 I spent a week alone at a romantic-themed couples resort in the USA. With a suitcase of wigs and lingerie, I posed as a travel writer and began using each room in the resort as a stage to perform solitary acts of desire and disappointment. In each room we find Joyce in moments of preparation and anticipation. Seduction has begun in secrecy. A green clay body-mask beauty routine becomes a science-fiction metamorphosis. Joyce appears alone, absorbed and exhausted by her own reflection.


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b. 1989, East London. Lives and works in London, UK

Juno Calypso completed her BA in photography at the London College of Communication in 2012. Since graduating, Juno has won several awards, including the 2013 Catlin Art Prize, the British Journal of Photography 2016 International Award, and the 2016 Foam Talent Award. Juno’s work has been exhibited internationally, with shows in New York, South Korea, Mexico, Canada, and China. Her video work has been screened at Somerset House, Tate Modern, Saatchi Gallery, and Musée de l’Elysée.

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