Marysa Dowling is an artist photographer living and working in London.
Dowling studied Photography at the University of Brighton, graduating in 1998 with a BA Hons. After graduating she exhibited as part of the John Kobal Portraiture Award at the National Portrait Gallery. In 2005 she completed a self directed MA (Design by Independent Project) at the University of Brighton.
Dowling’s practice as a photographic artist is participatory and rooted within portraiture. It is concerned with human behavior, an exploration and observation of how people communicate and relate to each other and the places they live. Her work is not specific to one time or place, projects become multi-layered, often happening in several countries, during which she builds connections across communities, societies and cultures. Working closely with her subjects she explore the ways in which we represent ourselves. Projects also concentrate on our sense of place, relationships, family and community. Central to her practice is the role that photography plays in daily life as a means of expression and representation. Recent commissions and residencies have centered on interaction, communication, objects and journeys within cities.
Dowling has worked on commissions, projects and residencies in the UK, Ireland, Los Angeles, Cuba, South Africa, Mexico and Lebanon. Since 1998 Dowling has exhibited in both group and solo exhibitions such as Journeys | Recoriddos with LACMA in Los Angeles and The Movement of an Object at The Photographers’ Gallery. She has been commissioned to produce work for publication and exhibition by The Whitechapel Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery, Belfast Exposed, The Courtauld Gallery, Tate and Barnardo’s .