PORTRAITS is a series of photographic works that explores ideas around autonomy and visibility. As documents of actions and interactions with friends, artists, strangers, and lovers in the studio, the work uses abstraction as a tool of resistance against the visual registers of control. Shot through a reflective material that distorts the subject, the images reference the use of mirrors within the history of art to question the logic of representation and centre the productive force of desire.

Joel Dixon (b. 1990, Wakefield) is an artist based in London. He completed his BA in Photography at London College of Communication in 2014 and a mentorship programme at Street Level Photoworks Glasgow in 2018. In 2019 he was selected as one of the Royal Scottish Academy’s Residents for Scotland, and is currently a student on the Royal College of Art’s MA Photography programme.