A Couple of Them
At first, Johanna and Elsa’s work seems to show a multiplicity of characters. Those characters look at us and assert their status as the subject of the photograph: from young women in the subway, to boys dressed up like hunters and wandering through the woods, to high school girls on holiday.
Even though the portraits are different from one another, the same faces keep coming back to haunt the observant. By slipping in their characters’ clothes, the artists are not just wearing masks: they personify their subject in a theatrical way.