Jonathan Kay’s photographic practice investigates the representation of territories that remain on the periphery of human experience. Through an engagement with both historical and contemporary narratives of discovery, Kay probes the role of exploration while subtly acknowledging its links to political and scientific agendas. Kayworks with photography and video but often engages with technology to extend and distort the role of the photographic document. Framing his investigation in the locality of the unknown, his works explore mythological, scientific and imaginative agents that allow access to landscapes that are intangible and unrecordable.
Kay graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Photographic Design BDes(PhDes) with first class honours in 2010. He then went on to complete his Master of Fine Arts with distinction at Massey University in 2013. Kay has exhibited in a number of group exhibitions in both, public and private galleries in New Zealand and the United States of America.
Kay is a member of Te Waituhi ā Nuku: Drawing Ecologies