About

Michael is an artist and freelance photographer, living in New York City.  

His artwork explores and celebrates sexual freedom as a form of resistance to multilayered stigma and trauma, both historical and ongoing. It explores the relationship between death and photography, accentuating a longing for what is no longer present. Focusing on the overlap between internalized shame and identity affirmation, he draw from family albums and vintage gay pornography. These vernaculars, inherited from biological and chosen families, are the foundation to his visual iconography. He interweave photographs, sculpture, text, and video to examine the inner workings and the visceral charges of sexual connection, as they manifest in the context of everyday life.     

For more about Michael’s recent work:

https://icpbardmfa.wordpress.com/2019/02/14/in-the-dirt-by-michael-mcfadden/