My research-based performance practice is inspired by the politics of ecofeminism within which I currently explore obsession, materialistic desire as sexual desire and the (female) body as the consumer and the consumed. I blur the lines between reality and fantasy by creating ‘living’ images of everyday actions with an air of ridiculousness, for example giving birth to a pair of shoes. My choreographies explore the possibilities and limits of stillness, pose and tableau in non-theatrical performance spaces. Through repetition and a non-narrative structure, my work is an ongoing investigation on how the body converses with witnesses, objects and space.
With my person ‘queen mojo’ I very much utilise the prospect of spectatorship and the power I am taking/the power I am given as the beheld performative body. I explore the power of entertainment; how my performance can be of amusement yet applicable with its socio-political undertone. Often set in club environments, these are short, messy and noisy acts with a clear narrative, beginning and end. Tactically tacky and decidedly decadent , queen mojo uses heightened femininity as a radical weapon and celebration as a tool for destruction. With glittery queer power queen mojo's one and only purpose is to trash the patriarchy.
In 2016 I graduated with a First Class Honors in Drama from Queen Mary University of London. The same year I launched my solo career with an 18-hour durational version of tonight is the night baby and forever but no recycling at the SPILL Festival National Platform. Since I have developed a studio practice and presented work at various festivals and venues around the country
What others have said
"Moa's work has a compelling other-worldly quality that casts a spell and pulls you in. You're never sure what the rules of the game are but you watch - compelled and fascinated. The work is simultaneously humorous and disturbing, flirting with the uncanny, slipping between the familiar and the unexpected. I'm excited about what she'll do next."
- Julia Bardsley, Live Artist
“Moa Johansson is a significant early-career artist, whose work falls compellingly between durational performance, live art, and dance. She belongs to a clear lineage of experimental feminist performance art, and brings new life to this history, through sustained works of performance that explore and frame the body, identity, time and action in innovative, strange, and exciting ways. The performance she presented at SPILL Festival was fresh, distinctive, questioning in spirit, and funny. I have seen her work several times in various spaces (including in a live art festival and a club context) and I appreciate the promiscuity of her use of space, and her adaptability, as qualities that complement and heighten the adventurous nature of the work itself.”
- Dr. Dominic Johnson, Reader in Performance and Visual Cultures; and author of Glorious Catastrophe: Jack Smith, Performance and Visual Culture; and editor of Pleading in the Blood: The Art and Performances of Ron Athey
"Moa creates a beautiful visual impact, with a subtle and powerful presence on stage, that she turns into a very strong statement about the place of women in society."
- Lara Buffard, Performance Artist and Founder of La Cage Royale
2018 [STILL UNTITLED] | The Palace meets Berlin: Fasching Feast & Exhibition | Berlin
2018 DISCORGASM | KopfMensch & ÜberMeier im Palas | Mensch Meier | Berlin
2017 TONIGHT/BABY/FOREVER | La Cage Royale at L'Escargot Restaurant | London
2017 QUEEN MOJO | Werk In Progress at The Glory | London
2017 DONNA SUMMER IS DEAD BUT DISCO ISN'T | The Palace Festival | Poland
2017 READING ROOM 1: BARDSLEY v BACHELARD - THE POETICS of SPACE | Peopling The Palace(s) Festival | London
2017 QUEEN MOJO | Duckie at Royal Vauxhall Tavern | London
2017 THE PROSTITUTED ROYALTY | DEEP TRASH: Royal Trash at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club | London
2017 TONIGHT/BABY/FOREVER | Topophobia 15 at Total Refreshment Centre | London
2017 WEAVING HER-STORY | Low Stakes Festival at New River Studios | London
2017 DISCO IS DEAD W. QUEEN MOJO | The Anti-Slam Anti-Valentine's Special | Hackney Attic | London
2016 I FEEL LOVE x REPEAT | Hi-Brow at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club | London
2016 tonight is the night baby and forever but no recycling | SPILL Festival | Ipswich
2016 A TIT SHOW | Duckie at Royal Vauxhall Tavern | London
2016 A TIT SHOW | The Warren Theatre | Brighton Fringe
2016 MY FOREST WITHOUT ECHOES | Hackney Showroom | London
2016 SHOE/FETISH | The Meatlocker at The Urban Bar Whitechapel | London
2016 tonight is the night baby and forever but no recycling | CUNTH | London
2016 A TIT SHOW | KETCHUP at Live Art Bistro | Leeds
2015 A TIT SHOW | Camden Fringe | Scratch at Battersea Arts Centre | Steakhouse Live
2015 IMPRINTS | Cell63 Artplatform | Berlin
2015 SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER | dir. Giorgio Spiegelfeld | The Glory | London
2015 BODIES THAT... | First Flights, Peopling the Place(s) | Pinter Studio | London