Marysa Dowling is an artist photographer living and working in London.
Dowling’s photographic practice is rooted within portraiture and concerned with human behaviour, identity, communication, exchange and interaction. Participation and collaborative possibilities are vital to her process.
Works are an exploration and observation of how people co-exist, relate to and interact with each other and the various environments they inhabit. Dowling uses photography as a tool to articulate experiences about our lives, how we live them and how we choose to represent ourselves. Participation in photography is a way to assert our place in the world. Her projects are cross cultural in nature, working in several countries on the same ideas unifies despite the locale. She builds connections across communities, societies and cultures. Working in both gallery and non-gallery spaces Dowling aims to create thoughtful and playful photographic works, that come into being through social interaction. More recent projects have centred on journeys, the use of objects and human bodies as a form of performance through photography. Dowling is currently developing projects in the UK and Mexico considering the complexities of how we communicate and learn through art, portraiture, photography, collaboration and exchange. Her practice sits at the crossroads between art and participatory arts education.
Dowling has worked on commissions, projects and residencies in the UK, Ireland, Los Angeles, Cuba, South Africa, Mexico, India and Lebanon. Since 1998 Dowling has exhibited in both group and solo exhibitions such as Reach Out, MARCO (MX) Journeys | Recorridos with LACMA (LA), The Movement of an Object at The Photographers’ Gallery, How We learn at Belfast Exposed and the John Kobal Portraiture Award at the National Portrait Gallery. She has been commissioned to produce work for publication and exhibition by Belfast Exposed, Tate, The Whitechapel Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, South London Gallery, The Courtauld Gallery and Barnardo’s children’s charity.