Complicating The Subject

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LB1: Thematic: 11:00 - 17:30 COMPLICATING THE SUBJECT, facilitated by Res, 1st day of 3, in the large project space

  • Is anyone a stable subject of portraiture? What do they become as a subject? What is a Subject?
  • Over the course of our time together we will be examining these questions as we read, look and talk about work. This course involves dedicated partner exercises wherein we explore concepts of portraiture, representation, responsibility, narrative and the dynamics involved in imaging, working and/or building material from the material of another’s life.

Res is a project-based artist and curator working primarily within the medium of photography. Their subjects and material engagements move as they do, not fixed or easily categorized, grounded in their queer trans* experience and activism. Addressing the Political through the Personal, many of their projects extend through what is imaged- intimate spheres of friends, family and extended communities, to scrutinize and resist oppressive systems of power, violence, cisnormativity and compulsory heterosexuality.

Born in Paterson, New Jersey (USA), Res holds a BA from Smith College and a MFA from the Yale School of Art, where they were awarded the Fund for Lesbian and Gay Studies Award. In 2022 they graduated from CuratorLab, a post-master's program in curation at Konstfack University in Stockholm, Sweden.

Res has exhibited their work internationally and throughout the United States at Invisible-Exports, New York; BRIC, Brooklyn; Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles; and Casemore Kirkeby, San Francisco among other venues. Their work has been featured in publications including Aperture, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Girls Like Us, Cultured Magazine, Vice Magazine, W Magazine, The Paris Review and Matte Magazine.

Res was a winner of the Baxter Street Camera Club of New York Annual Juried Competition and was shortlisted for the Lucie Foundation Scholarship. In 2018 their book, Towers of Thanks, was a finalist for The Lucie Photo Book Prize. Res is represented by Ziet Contemporary Art, New York, NY.

Res lives and works between Stockholm, Sweden and Brooklyn, New York. www.reslikeyes.com