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Hanna Moon & Joyce Ng: English as a Second Language

24 Jan – 28 Apr 2019

Mon, Tue, Sat & Sun 10.00 - 18.00, Wed - Fri 11.00 - 20.00

Terrace Rooms
South Wing

A new photography exhibition celebrating the work of two of the most exciting photographers working in fashion today, Hanna Moon and Joyce Ng. The exhibition celebrates the vitality of international perspectives within our multi-cultural society.

In English as a Second Language acclaimed London-based photographers and contemporary creatives Hanna Moon and Joyce Ng have created new works in direct response to the historical setting of Somerset House. Employing an otherworldly and playful approach, the artists incorporate visitors, cultural icons, fashion and their own cultural signifiers to present their unique take on Western aesthetics and fashion ideals.

Dazed Fall 2017 © Hanna Moon.jpg

Dazed Fall 2017 © Hanna Moon
Dazed Fall 2017 © Hanna Moon

The exhibition explores the artists’ feelings of being ‘lost in translation’, a feeling which informs their search for capturing beauty in the often overlooked and unseen narratives in our everyday lives.

As two pioneering fashion photographers operating within the Western fashion system bringing distinct Asian perspectives to their work, the exhibition challenges the concept of ‘otherness’. Moon and Ng’s images invite us to question what it means for artists to be labelled as ‘diverse’ when using models, props and locations native to their heritage, and to reflect upon the power fashion photography holds in shifting our perceptions of beauty, style and taste.


A rising star within today’s fashion landscape, Joyce Ng uses street-casted models, natural environments and props to create images which feel both familiar, yet surreal. For this exhibition, Joyce will cast solely from Somerset House’s vibrant on-site community across a four-week period, inviting people that visit and inhabit the space to take part in a series of shoots on-site.

Critically acclaimed fashion photographer and founder of A Nice Magazine, Hanna Moon will similarly utilize the neo-classical architecture of Somerset House to capture imagery of her two muses; Moffie, from London, and Heejin, from South Korea, whom she shares with Joyce. Tender and intimate, the images will be taken in and around Somerset House’s public and hidden spaces.

English as a Second Language is curated by Shonagh Marshall.

The Charles Russell Speechlys Terrace Rooms Series is a new series of free exhibitions, which will profile the work of living artists in one of the most accessible spaces at Somerset House, bringing the public into contact with a diverse and engaging range of creative thinkers.