CAMERA AS RELEASE: an interview with artist Sanford Biggers

The Camera as Release exhibition brings together stunning artworks by 14 artists who use themselves in performative action as an essential component of their photo-based creative practice, from the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection.

As far back as the late 19th century (when F. Holland Day staged photographs of himself as a crucified Jesus), photographers have utilized their bodies for reasons both practical and poetic. In a relatively short period in modern life, art photography and performance art have evolved from radical experimentation to celebrated, mainstream popularity – indeed, today’s social media orbits around the primacy of “self” and an insatiable need to document and record.

Sanford Biggers (American, b. 1970) is an interdisciplinary artist who works in film/video, installation, sculpture, music, and performance, typically referencing African-American ethnography, music, urban culture and icons from Americana. His most recent solo exhibitions were at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Sculpture Center, and Mass MoCA. His work has also been featured at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Tate Britain and Tate Modern in London, and the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Drawn exclusively from the JP Morgan Chase Art Collection and curated by Director and Chief Curator Lisa K. Erf, this exhibition draws artwork from every decade of the corporate collection’s history, which in 2014 celebrates it’s 55th anniversary.

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