Jess Dugan is a portrait photographer exploring issues of personal identity and documenting within the LGBTQ community. Dugan will be in Santa Fe, New Mexico this week for CENTER’s premier juried portfolio review event, the Review Santa Fe Photo Festival ‑ a weekend conference and festival for photographers seeking audience expansion and critical discussion.
To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender nonconforming Older Adults received a 2018 Project Launch Honorable Mention from juror Sarah Hermanson Meister, Curator, Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art.
In a recent interview with the New York Times, Dugan explains, “We wanted to create representations of older transgender people, and gender nonconforming people, to both capture their stories, preserve their history, record some of the activism that they had been a part of,” Ms. Dugan said. “But we also wanted to create representations for younger transgender people to see a road map for what their life could look like, to see people aging and living these complicated and exciting and robust lives in many cases.”
The Santa Fe public will have a chance to view Jess Dugan’s work (and meet the artist) at CENTER’s annual Portfolio Walk on Friday, October 19, at the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market from 6 to 8:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. To learn more about the artist, visit: www.jessdugan.com