I will be an Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Kentucky in the fall. Since 2014, I have taught photography and hybrid media at institutions including Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Rochester, and Syracuse University. I am currently completing a post as the Photography Fellow at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia.
My work considers how personal psychology lives within a social ecology. It is an endeavor to comprehend events and experiences lost to the past or augmented through oral history and mythmaking. The surface reminds us that an artwork is a stand-in, that representation has limits. Photographs don’t cure amnesia, they attempt to fill in the gaps. It is the process of reenactment, an action of tracing history, that is most vicarious: wearing a sequined dress at the Ruby Red Ball, listening to opera with Greg, feeling where testicles are situated under a corset, developing film in a lab at Castro and 18th, receiving my uncle’s postcard in the mail, dated 1978, that said:
See you in the future,
Love Michael Kelley