Jess Dugan, Self-portrait (blue room), 2021
© Jess Dugan, Self-portrait (blue room), 2021

CLAMP is pleased to announce that photographer Jess T. Dugan has joined the gallery’s roster of artists.

The artist’s first solo show with the gallery will open on November 3, 2022. The exhibition will feature photographs from Dugan’s new book titled Look at me like you love me from MACK.

The photographs in Look at me like you love me come from the recent series “Every Breath We Drew,” which explores the power of identity, desire, and connection through portraiture. Working within the framework of queer experience, the portraits examine the intersection between private, individual identity and the search for intimate connection with others. Rather than attempting to describe a specific identity or group—the gender identity and sexual orientation of the subjects varies—”Every Breath We Drew” asks larger questions about how identity is formed, desire is expressed, and intimate connection is sought.

Jess T. Dugan received their MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago, their Master of Liberal Arts in Museum Studies from Harvard University, and their BFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Dugan’s work has been widely exhibited and is in the permanent collections of over 40 museums, including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the International Center of Photography, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the St. Louis Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, and the Library of Congress.

Dugan’s monographs include Look at me like you love me (MACK, 2022), To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults (Kehrer Verlag, 2018) and Every Breath We Drew (Daylight Books, 2015).

They are the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, an ICP Infinity Award, and were selected by the Obama White House as an LGBT Artist Champion of Change.