|Somerset House presents Hanna Moon & Joyce Ng: English as a Second Language, a new photography exhibition celebrating the work of two of the most exciting fashion photographers today: Hanna Moon and Joyce Ng. In a rapidly changing British cultural landscape, English as a Second Language celebrates the vitality of international perspectives within our multi-cultural society. The exhibition sees acclaimed Asian-born, London-based photographers Moon and Ng, responding directly to Somerset House’s historical setting with a new series of works commissioned by the gallery. Employing an otherworldly and playful approach to their practice, they will incorporate visitors, cultural icons, fashion and their own cultural signifiers to present their unique take on Western aesthetics and fashion ideals. Curated by Shonagh Marshall, the exhibition explores the artists’ feelings of being ‘Lost in translation’, a feeling which as immigrants based here in the UK, informs Moon and Ng’s search for capturing beauty in the often overlooked and unseen narratives in our everyday lives. The images will invite viewers to question what it means for artists to be labelled as ‘diverse’ when using models, props and locations native to their heritage, and to reflect upon the power fashion photography holds in shifting our perceptions of beauty, style and taste.
Hanna Moon & Joyce Ng: English as a Second Language