Liv PENNINGTON uses photography as a performative social practice to examine and critique how aesthetic value accrues and is grounded in the construction of an image of gender, femininity, and reproduction. Her practice is invested in social research and focuses on the way given social schema lead a viewer to perceive, accept, or reject an image of the above. In Private View (2017 and on-going) the pregnancy tests taken by a group of women are anonymously projected to the public.
Pennington’s work has been included in national group exhibitions such as ‘The Distance Between Me and You’ (2003) at Lisson Gallery, London, UK; ‘Deep Inspiration’ (2007) at Jerwood Space, London, UK; and ‘Factory’ (2013) at FORMAT International Photography Festival in Derby, UK, amongst others. Internationally, her work has been exhibited in ‘As Serious as Your Life’ (2007) at Bild Museet in Umea, Sweden; ‘Open Art’ (2011) at Orebro, Sweden and ‘Bjorvika’ (2002) at Kunsthall Oslo in Norway. Pennington’s work is held in public collections such as The Grosvenor Estate Collection in Eccleston, UK, and The Birth Rites Collection in London, UK.