From Artnet News:
American photographer Jess T. Dugan engages with themes and issues around identity—specifically gender and sexuality—in their work. Most recognized for their portraiture, and taking inspiration from their personal experiences, Dugan’s practice balances between self-expression and connecting with others. “Look at me like you love me” is an exhibition at Clamp gallery that presents photographs from the artist’s 2022 monograph of the same title. On view through January 7, 2023, the works in the show range from self-portraits and portraits to still lifes and photos of couples, which together capture a sensitive and lyrical interpretation of contemporary intimacy. The directness of Dugan’s artistic style presents the subjects as refined symbols of themselves, while simultaneously holding space for the viewer’s own thoughts and internal world. Dugan was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant as well as named by the Obama administration as an LGBT Artist Champion of Change in 2015, and was the recipient of an ICP Infinity Award in 2019.