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Jana Lohde

MA work

My disbelief and rejection in the accuracy of perception and possibilities of representation resulted in photographic images filled with layers of digital and physical manipulation. I destabilize the state of perceived reality through addition of layers, filters and distortions to the primary state of information. Furthermore, I question the complex network and structure that translate the information from the signifier into the signified. I construct photographic fictional environments and incorporate appropriated images and text into the work. The key research explores the fluidity of perception, the fine line between fiction and multi-layered reality, the copy, the replica, and possibilities of representation in the digital age. I draw strong references to the contemporary phenomena of mass consumerism and advertising in the search for the perfect and true self. The human body becomes trapped in a state of constructed and simulated reality with its own laws, beyond which it becomes impossible to escape. What is the distinction between ‘nature’ and ‘convention’; what is the distinction between the ‘actual’ materiality and virtual ‘immateriality’?


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Photography, 2017

  • My research investigates the human body and its ability to perceive the surrounding world, or rather the very process of reading, translating, replicating and transmitting information between the physical and virtual spaces. I explore my mistrust in the truthfulness of perceived reality through screens as I am interested in the relentless search for the self: the self that one perceives through the eyes retina, the self one experiences in the mirror, the self one constructs in the virtual space, the self one is described to be by the others.
  • Degrees

  • BA Photographic Arts, University of Westminster, London, UK, 2015; Fashion Design from New York and Milan, ​Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris Sate University, Grand Rapids, MI, United Sates, 2011; Drawing, Graphics, Atelier of colour, Composition, Sculpture, Art History, Designed Activity, Amomas Brakas Art School, Lithuania, 2008
  • Exhibitions

  • 'What is the Future of Art in collaboration with collaboration with Tate Modern, Window displays in Uniqlo flagship stores, London, 2016; 'Future Late', Turbine Hall Tate Modern, London, 2016; ‘RCA Secret’, Gulbenkian galleries, London, 2016; ‘RCA Secret’, Mina A’slam Al Sufouh Road, Dubai, 2016; ‘WIP Show’, Royal College of Art, London, 2015; ‘The Free Range’, Truman Brewery, London, 2015; ‘Sony World Photography Awards’, Somerset house, London, 2014; ‘Night Contact’, Brighton Photo Biennial, Brighton, 2014; ‘The Free Range’, Truman Brewery, London, 2014; ‘Stay Hungry’, Hoxton Arches Gallery, London, 2014; ‘Artwalk Festival’, various locations in East London, 2013; 'Kiti 3' (Other 3), Photographer's Gallery, Klaipeda, 2012; ‘Winterfest Photo Contest’, Tri-Cities Historical Museum Akeley Building, Grand Haven, 2011; 'Polekis', Photographer's Gallery, Klaipeda, 2010
  • Awards

  • Shortlisted for second round selection, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, 2016; Shortlisted for the second round selection, Bloomberg New Contemporaries Award, 2016; Commended in the Portraits Category, Youth Competition Sony World Photography Awards, 2014; 3rd place, Young Man in the 21st Century, 2013; 3rd place, Winterfest Photo Contest, 2012; 1st place, Stop Frame, 2012; 1st place, Young Man in the 21st Century, 2012; 1st place, Tanz auf den Wellen, 2010; 1st place, The wounds of our Earth, 2010
  • Conferences

  • Artist Talk, Photography, Southampton Solent University, 27th March 2017