Johanna Benaïnous (1991) and Elsa Parra(1990) are a duo of visual artists, photographers and filmmakers. They met at the School of Visual Art in New York and received the congratulations of the jury of the Beaux-Arts de Paris (ENSBA) in 2015. Invited to the Salon de Montrouge in 2016, finalists for the HSBC prize and nominated for the Emerige Revelations grant the same year, they were invited to the Circulation(s) Festival and the Festival Photo Saint-Germain in 2017. They won the 2nd Picto de la Mode Prize 2017, and entered the collections of the Palais Galliera (Fashion Museum of the City of Paris). An edition of the 88 prints of A Couple of Them serie was acquired by the FMAC (Fonds Municipal d’Art Contemporain) of Paris in 2018.
The MAC/VAL presents their work in the exhibition “Lines of Life, a Legendary Exhibition”, in 2019, and in the same year they are finalists for the 2019 Festival d’Hyères. Elsa & Johanna are selected by Osei Bonsu, curator of modern and contemporary African art at the Tate Modern in London, to participate in the Secteur Curiosade Paris Photo 2019 with a solo show at the Galerie La Forest Divonne booth.
In 2020, they are selected to participate in the Rencontres Photographiques d’Arles, and the same year, they enter the Contemporary Art Collection of the Société Générale, they realize a carte blanche commission for the Palais de la Découverte and they are part of the exhibition “Staging Identity” at the MathildenhöheInstitut in Darmstadt alongside Pipilotti Rist and Cindy Shermann. In October 2021 they are invited by the Städtische Galerie in Karlsruhe to present their first solo exhibition in a museum.