Esther Johnson (MA Royal College of Art) is an artist and filmmaker working with moving image, audio and photography. In 2012 she won the Philip Leverhulme Research Prize for Performing and Visual Arts.
Working at the intersection of artist moving image and documentary, Johnson’s poetic portraits focus on marginal worlds, to reveal resonant stories that may otherwise remains hidden or ignored. Work is concerned with the effects of progress and societal change on communities, and how the universal impacts on the individual. Projects include socially engaged work that draws upon oral testimony, experience and politics. Recurring themes include social narratives, personal histories, memory and testament, heritage, folklore, regeneration, and exploration of architectural vernaculars and the inhabited environment.