Marysa Dowling’s participatory practice is rooted within portraiture and concerned with human behaviour, exploring and observing 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, through building connections across communities, societies and cultures. Working closely with her subjects Dowling explores our sense of place, considering relationships, family and community as an interdependent mass. Crucial 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, The Movement of an Object at The Photographers’ Gallery and the John Kobal Portraiture Award in the National Portrait Gallery. She has been commissioned to produce work for publication and exhibition by The Whitechapel Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Courtauld Gallery, Tate Modern and Barnardo’s children’s charity.
In addition to London’s Whitechapel Gallery Dowling has also worked on participation projects with The National Portrait Gallery, Chisenhale Gallery, The Courtauld Institute, Tate, Gasworks, Goldsmiths College, Bow Arts Trust, The Foundling Museum, San Alejandro School of Art (Havana) Barnardos and PhotoVoice.