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Johanna Benaïnous, born in 1991 in Paris and Elsa Parra, in 1990 in Bayonne, are based in Paris.

In 2014, while Johanna studied at Les Beaux-arts de Paris and Elsa at Les Arts Décoratifs de Paris, they met in New-York during a common exchange program at the School of Visual Art. Since then, Elsa and Johanna have been working together as a duo of artists photographers and directors on personal, editorial and commercial projects.

They have been finalists of the Prix HSBC pour la photographie 2016 and won the second prize of Prix Picto de la mode 2017, alongside other distinctions. In 2018, their piece A Couple of Them entered the collection of the FMAC. Elsa & Johanna won the Public Prize at the 2019 Hyères Festival in the photo section and were finalist of the Prix Découverte Louis Roederer for Les Rencontres d’Arles 2020. Their editorial collaborations include Le Temps, Boycott Magazine, L’Express 10, Crash Magazine and their clients, Etro, Boucheron and Apple (for which they created and directed the short movie « Coup de Bol »), among others.

Current and up coming exhibitions


2020
      Solo show, Galerie La Forest Divonne, Brussels, Belgium
      September 3 > 0ctober 10 

      Art Paris Art Fair, Galerie La Forest Divonne, Grand Palais, Paris
      September 10 > September 13

      Staging Identity, The Institut Mathildenhöle Darmstadt, Germany
      October 24 > February 28

Prix découverte Louis Roederer, Les Rencontres d’Arles 2020, Chapelle Laennec, Paris 7 November 11 > November 16

Jimei x Arles, Xiamen Photography art center, Fujian, Chiana
November 27 > January 1



Solo Shows


2019
A Couple of Them, Paris Photo, Curiosa Sector, Galerie La Forest Divonne, Grand Palais, Paris, (FR)

 

Rosarium – C’est le soleil qui finira par nous perdre, curated by Ann Stouvenel, Mains d’Œuvres, Saint-Ouen, (FR)

2018
A Cross Perspective, Galerie La Forest Divonne, Festival Photo Saint-Germain, Paris, (FR)
 
2017
Le Reflet de la cuillère, Espace des femmes, Festival Photo Saint-Germain, Paris, (FR)        

 

Los Ojos Vendados, Etro flagship, Saint-Germain, Paris, (FR)

2015
A Couple of Them, Beaux-arts de Paris, Paris, (FR)


Selected Group Shows


2020
      Ensemble, Galerie La Forest Divonne, Brussels, (BE)

      Art Paris Art Fair, Galerie La Forest Divonne ( online exhibition )

2019
Some of us, curated by Jérôme Cotinet-Alphaize, Carlshütte,
Büdelsdorf, (DE)

 

34ème Festival International de Photographie de Hyères,
Villa Noailles, (FR) 

 

Art Paris Art Fair, Galerie La Forest Divonne, Grand Palais, Paris, (FR)

 

Lignes de vies : une exposition de légendes, curated by Franck Lamy, Mac Val,
Vitry-sur-Seine, (FR)

 

100% L’Expo – Sorties d'écoles, Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris, (FR)

2018
FIAC 2018 - Stand du FMAC, Grand Palais, Paris, (FR)

 

30 years anniversary of la Galerie La Forest Divonne, Paris (FR)  

 

Prix Picto de la Mode, Palais Galliera, Paris (FR)

 

Les Apparences, La Graineterie, Houilles, (FR)

 

L’homme qui marchait dans la couleur, Galerie du Crous, Paris, (FR)

 

Profils, Pavillon Blanc, Centre d’art Henri Molina, Colomiers, (FR)

2017
Kaléidoscope, curated by Jean de Malherbe, Galerie La Forest Divonne, Brussels, (BE)

 

Jeune création 67, Paris, (FR)

 

Proyecta : Imaginando otros posibles, curated by Sandra Maunac, Madrid, (ES)

 

Festival Circulation(s) #7, le Centquatre, Paris, (FR)

2016
Une inconnue d’avance, curated by Gaël Charbau, Villa Emerige, Paris, (FR)

 

Felicità, curated by Alexia Fabre, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Paris (FR)

 

Dress codes, curated by Alexandra Dhainaut, Mains d'Œuvre, Saint-Ouen, (FR)

 

Vertige en terrain plat, curated by "Mathilde s’expose", Brownstone Foundation,
Paris, (FR)

 

Salon de Montrouge #61, curated by Ami Barrack, Beffroi de Montrouge, (FR)

Public and private collection 


2018
FMAC (Municipal Contemporary Art Foundation of the City of Paris)

 

Palais Galliera (Fashion Museum of the City of Paris)

 

Departmental collection of contemporary art of Seine Saint-Denis    


Awards & Grants


2020
      Selected for the “Prix découverte Louis Roederer 2020” in Les Rencontres d’Arles

      Carte Blanche offered by Le Palais de la Découverte and Gaël Charbau

2019
Winners of the public prize of the 34e International Festival of Hyères 2019

 

Finalist of the Voice of a Woman awards 2019 with the short film "Coup de Bol", NYC

Bronze cube ADC award 2020 of The One Club with “Coup de Bol”, NYC

2017
Winner of the 2nd prize of the “Prix Picto de la mode 2017”

 

Selected for the Carte blanche Etro

 

Selected to create the official pictures of the “Festival Photo Saint-Germain”

 

Nominated for the “Galerie du club des AD 2017”

 

Invited for the  “Festival Circulation(s) 2017”

2016
Nominated for “Bourse Révélations Emerige”

 

Nominated for “61e Salon de Montrouge”

 

Finalists of “Prix HSBC pour la photographie”


Residency


2018-2019
Art center Mains d’Œuvres, Saint-Ouen, Paris, (FR)


Parutions


2020
Book “New Gen.” by Label Famille

 

Book  “10 ans d’Emerige”

 

Book “Starter” by Li-Lu June

2019
Catalog “Paris Photo”

 

Catalog “34ème Festival de Photographie et de mode de Hyères”

 

Catalog “Some of Us”

2018
Book “1988-2018, 30 ans, la Galerie La Forest Divonne”

2017
Book “Bubble Gum” by Taf Mag

 

Book ‘Fisheye Photobook vol.1”

2016
Catalog “Félicita”

 

Catalog “61ème Salon de Montrouge” 

 

Catalog “Bourse Révélation Emerige”

 

Catalog “Vertige en terrain plat”




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