November 1, 2012 - December 2, 2012
As an émigré who lived without a home country for many years, artist Justyna Badach is particularly interested in the relationship between individuals and place. Badach has used both landscape photography and portraiture to explore questions about how we alter or create our environment. In “Bachelor Portraits,” she explores the living spaces that single men create and how these carefully assembled environments become profoundly personal reflections of their inhabitants.
This series began in 2003 when Badach used online ads to “seek out men who tend to exist on the margins and are often considered invisible by society.” The images are a collaboration, constructed together during lengthy sessions in which the model is encouraged to focus on their home life—to think, meditate, and act out their fantasies.
Each of the photographs is accompanied by a short text written by Badach in her own voice to “reveal what the camera cannot, what the men said, and what I felt. I am interested in the way that these personal spaces serve as both portrait and the junction between masculine and feminine, the man and myself. The process of making these images embodies a form of role reversal. The text that accompanies the images further blurs the line between subject and photographer.”
Justyna Badach was born in the Soviet Union in 1972 and now lives and works in Philadelphia. She received a BFA in Photography and Art Education at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and an MFA in Photography at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. Badach has exhibited her work in numerous solo and group shows, nationally and inter- nationally. She has been a finalist for the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and a Critical Mass Top 50 Finalist. Badach acknowledges the Light Work Artist-in-Residence Program during which a portion of the work in this series was made.