Jonathan LLense is a contemporary photographer and visual artist.
He was born in 1984 in Lille in northern France. He graduated of the School of Fine Arts in Valenciennes (FR) in 2010, the same year he joined the Ecole Nationale de la Photographie (ENSP) in Arles (FR), that he graduated in 2013. In 2013, he was part of a residency in Deauville (FR), where his work "Le crew Normand" was then exposed as part of the festival Planche(s) Contact. The same year, he presented a solo exhibition, "Libre Service" held at the Espace Van Gogh in Arles. In 2014, he took part in the group exhibition "Inside / Outside territory" during the event UNSEEN Photo Fair in Amsterdam (NL). Meanwhile, his work "DISPONIBLE-553201-8056" was shown at the Galeria IFAL in México D.F. introducing his plastic work done during a four-month residency in México (MX). In 2016, his work "L’Heure du Tigre" is published with Éditions FP&CF. In 2018, he will be artist in residence with l'Artothèque de Vitré (FR). He will be part of a collective show for the BIPx2018 in Liège (BE) and working on a new project with Indian photographer Kapil Das.

My process is shaped by daily walks through the city. Guided by a first intuition, i play with the environment combining already-there elements in order to implement a new and playful perception. I identifies visual systems, default forms, arrangements and DIY, where the power of evocation that they contain is due to the recurrence of compositions and gestures and which he subsequently makes interact with his surroundings. My pictures are mostly presenting people and objects in odd configurations and situations, staged and constructed in a direct dialogue to my daily experience.
Bodies, trivial and scrap, natural or industrial elements, suddenly become the subject of a game of formal associations, semantic shifts, two dimensions or three dimensions collages, which are photographed and shown for themselves in the exhibition space. Within these archaic gestures, these vernacular detournements, I would like to restore all the theatricality of everyday space altered by its users. By offering a amused look about things around us, about these every life scenes and reveals the potential of pleasurable experimentation they reserve.