Spotted at the Salon de Montrouge 2016, finalists for the HSBC 2016 Prize for Photography, nominated the same year for the Emerige 2016 Revelations scholarship, Johanna Benaïnous (1991) and Elsa Parra (1990) form a duo of visual artists, photographers and directors.
They met at the School of Visual Art in New York and together received congratulations from the jury of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2015. They are then invited to the Festival Circulation(s) 2017 and the Festival Photo Saint-Germain 2017. They won the 2nd Picto de la Mode 2017 Prize, which allowed them to enter the collections of the Palais Galliera (Musée de la mode de la ville de Paris).
In 2018, the FMAC (Fonds Municipal d’Art Contemporain de la Ville de Paris) acquired all 88 portraits in the A Couple of Them series, 36 of which were exhibited on the FMAC stand at FIAC 2018.
The MACVAL presents their works as part of the exhibition “Lignes de vies, une exposition de légende”, from March 30 to August 25, 2019, and, in the same year, they are finalists at the 2019 Hyères Festival.
Elsa & Johanna are selected by Osei Bonsu, curator of modern and contemporary African art at the Tate Modern in London, to participate in the Curiosa Sector of Paris Photo 2019 with a solo show.