Sharon Boothroyd is a photographic artist and lecturer based in London.

Her work has been exhibited worldwide including Encontros das Imagem, Braga; Goa Photo Festival; Cosmos, Arles; The Centre of Photography, Clement-Ferrond, Tate Liverpool, and P3 Ambika Gallery, London and has been the recipient of awards such as Flash Forward Magenta Awards, Canada and The International Photography Awards, New York. Her work is held in public collections such as the V&A Library, The Yale Centre for British Art and PhotoIreland Foundation.

Sharon is Photography Lecturer at Ithaca College, London Centre and Roehampton University and Visiting Lecturer on the MA across-school group at the Royal College of Art where she teaches Language: Transparency and Concealment.

She is currently undertaking her PhD at the Royal College of Art where her research topic is:

Boundaries and Slippages of the Self: Photography and autobiographical fiction in the performance of female fantasy and delusion.

Adopting a multi-disciplinary approach, with photography as its central component, my work employs autobiographical fiction [Sanders], écriture féminine [Cixous, Kristeva and Irigaray] and quiet performance to construct visual and written representations of fixed fantasies, delusions and white psychosis in women.

Drawing from psychoanalysis and psychiatric case studies [Freud, Breuer, Bethlem Museum of the Mind] I am developing a fictional character who is undergoing an episode of 'erotomania' [De Clérambault]. Built up through fragments of environmental and psychological landscapes as well as staged photography the character, Madame Beauvais, reflects the ambiguity that often accompanies notions of the real.

Photography, with it's inherent indexical relationship to the physical world, is well placed as a medium to manipulate what any of us understand 'reality' to be. [Barthes, Batchen, Fontcuberta, Calle]

This research project aims to reduce stigma and raise public awareness of psychosis by collapsing a self vs other rhetoric. It is also an urgent feminist enquiry into pejorative terminology in the dismissal and silencing of women and seeks to present a subversion of gender power dynamics in the historical [Charcot, Didi-Huberman] and contemporary [Solnit, Showalter] usage of labels such as ‘hysteria’ and ‘madness’ [Grose, Leader].