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Going Down

About the Photographer

Henry, Julie

British, b. 1959

Julie Henry’s photographs and videos commonly contrast success and failure, competitors and their spectators, and performers and their audiences. In her two-channel immersive video installation Going Down (1999), Henry focuses on a fan-filled stadium. Using footage that was captured at the conclusion of a match in England, one video presents the ecstatic fans of the winning team, while the other shows a deflated group who were rooting for the loosing team. The installation taps the powerful emotions that vibrate through sporting arenas and other large-scale events, capturing the magnetic atmosphere that often arises in a crowd.

Henry completed a BA in Critical Fine Art Practice at the Central St. Martin’s School of Art and Design, London (1998). Her work has since been included in exhibitions at the Botanischer Gardens & Museum, Berlin (2013); Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow (2013); Technical Museum, Vienna (2008); Brooklyn Institute of Contemporary Art (2006); Martin-Gropis-Bau, Berlin (2005); Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (2005); and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2004), in addition to solo shows held at the Garden Museum, London (2010); Gallery 33, Berlin (2008); Great Eastern Hotel, London (2006); Presentation Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (2005); and Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London (2003, 2000), among others. Working alongside photographer Debbie Bragg since 2001 on projects that take a socio-anthropological approach to studying consumerism culture and the deterioration of the working class, their collaboration Henry/Bragg has also been prominently featured in numerous international exhibitions.