Identity and social connection are driving forces in Jess T. Dugan’s work. For the past seven years, she’s been shooting Every Breath We Drew, a series that explores issues of gender and sexuality in the 21st century LGBTQ community. Working within the framework of queer experience, Dugan’s portraits examine the intersection between private, individual self-concept and the search for intimate connection with others. She photographs people in their homes and personal spaces using medium and large format cameras to create a deep, sustained engagement, resulting in an intimate portrait of contemporary America. Dugan’s latest book, To Survive on this Shore, will be published by Kehrer Verlag in September. She is the co-founder of the Strange Fire Collective, a creative collaborative that promotes work by women, people of color, and LGBTQ artists.
Wisconsin Academy Administrative Offices and Steenbock Gallery
1922 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53726
James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
3rd Floor, Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703