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Born in 1979 in Los Angeles, California. Lives in New Orleans, Louisiana and Brooklyn, New York.

Sean Fader is a conceptual artist working in the media of photography, performance, social practice, and the Internet. Sean Fader’s two most recent bodies on work, Best Lives and Insufficient Memory, focus on the presentation of LGBTQIA in media and recorded history. Best Lives is a series of collaborative portraits addressing the messy pleasures and conflicting impulses that characterize the queer uses of digital portrait photography in social media. Insufficient Memory takes the form of a google map documenting every hate crime in the United States from 1999 to 2000, when the Hate Crimes Prevention Act was first being debated in Congress (and not passed). Fader’s earlier project, Backdrop for the Rebirth of the Collective Author was a response to Richard Prince, who reproduced a photograph from Instagram of Fader’s well-known performance piece #wishingpelt for his exhibition at Gagosian.

Sean Fader received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, his MA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, and his BFA from the New School in New York City.  Sean Fader lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he is a Professor of Practice in Photography at Tulane University. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally in Dubai, Canada, Mexico and England. His most recent exhibition was Thirst/Trap (2020) at Denny Dimin Gallery in New York. Fader’s previous exhibition history includes Contemporary Performance at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa (2019), On the Map at Denny Dimin Gallery Hong Kong (2019), 365 Profile Pics at the SPRING/BREAK Art show with Denny Dimin Gallery in NYC (2017), Picture Yourself: Selfies, Cellphones, and the Digital Age at the College of Wooster Art Museum (2016), Drama Queer: seducing social change at the Queer Arts Festival in Vancouver (2016), and White Boys, curated by Hank Willis Thomas and Natasha L. Logan at Haverford College. Fader was named a NYFA Fellow in 2013 and A Blade of Grass Fellow for 2012-2013, and he received Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Award for Emerging Photographers in 2012. Fader has been awarded prestigious residencies at Art Omi, Bemis Center for the Contemporary Arts, and Yaddo. He has received press coverage in British Journal of Photography, MOMUS, Hyperallergic, Art F City, the Huffington Post, and Slate.


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Thirst/Trap
06.18.2020 - 08.21.2020
On the Map
09.12.2019 - 10.29.2019
Share This! Appropriation After Cynicism
12.14.2014 - 01.25.2015
The Participants
06.20.2013 - 07.21.2013
December 05, 2020 Press

Sean Fader in ASAP Journal

Sean Fader’s work reviewed by David J. Getsy published in ASAP Journal published by John Hopkins University Press.

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August 18, 2020 Events

Thirst/Trap: Artnet News Editors’ Picks

Editors’ Picks: 7 Things for Your Art Calendar This Week, From a Ruth Asawa-Inspired Workshop to an Outdoor Photo Show

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August 18, 2020 Press

Sean Fader in conversation with Jon Feinstein in Humble Arts Foundation

Sean Fader uses two photographic series to bookend a transformative two decades of LGBTQIA history through the lens of digital photography and its role in queer representation.


July 14, 2020 Press

Sean Fader in British Journal of Photography

“Queer stories are not only erased by lack of media coverage. Queer erasure happens a second round in the advent of digital technology, and our expectations that all histories are digitised”


July 06, 2020 Press

Gallery Reopening Featured in the Observer

Behind the Scenes at 5 New York City Galleries Preparing to Reopen

“We also had an important, timely, and gratifying exhibition ready to show,” they said of Sean Fader’s exhibition about social media’s impact on queer solidarity and undocumented hate murders of LGBTQI+ individuals across the U.S.

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July 01, 2020 Press

Sean Fader in WWD

Sean Fader Explores a New Queer Narrative With ‘Thirst/Trap’ Exhibit at Denny Dimin Gallery

The artist highlights queer representation in visual art and the lost history of LGBTQ violence from the late Nineties in a dual exhibition in New York. By Kristen Tauer.

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June 28, 2018 Events, Outside Exhibitions

Sean Fader Exhibiting at the Foundation and Center for Contemporary Arts Prague

Read on Center for Contemporary Arts Prague. Apparatus 2.0: The Unreliable Library is an exhibition resulting from a collaboration between artists and organizers from Prague and New York City. Taking place in the reconstructed FCCA library, Apparatus 2.0 reflects on how we gather research and build knowledge about culture, and on the library as a space for contemplation and discovery. This exhibition expands on its predecessor, Apparatus for a Utopian Image (2016) at EFA Project Space in New York, initiated by artists Pavla Sceranková and Dušan…Read More


March 08, 2017 Press

Sean Fader interviewed on NY1

Lots to Explore During Annual NYC Art Fair Week By Stephanie Simon Friday, March 3, 2017 Watch on NY1. NY1 VIDEO: It’s Art Fair Week in NYC, meaning more than 75,000 art lovers, buyers, collectors and the curious will take in one or more of the 10 major art fairs. Most run now through Sunday. Most fairs have an array of admission prices starting around $15 and $25 plus multiple day options.


March 08, 2017 Press

Sean Fader interviewed on BTRtoday

Art Uncovered with Kimberly Ruth Listen on BTRtoday. This week Art Uncovered hits the Spring Break Art Show, a curator-driven art fair that showcases over 150 curators who premiere new artworks created by over 400 artists. The selected curators were chosen based on their proposals that deal with the theme of “Black Mirror,” which is not a reference to the popular Netflix series, but, rather, a concept that includes ideas such as self-reflexivity, especially in the digital age.


March 05, 2017 Press

SPRING/BREAK vs. the Independent by Whitehot Magazine

Occupying Offices: Independent vs. Spring/Break By PAUL LASTER, Mar. 2017 Read on Whitehot Magazine. Armory Arts Week brings the touring art circus to town—without the live animals. The Armory Show, which focuses on contemporary art, looks better than ever under the leadership of new director Benjamin Genocchio this year; it’s sister fair VOLTA, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, shines a spotlight on new art; the ADAA Art Show offers a smart, blue-chip selection of galleries, which mix classic modernism…Read More


March 03, 2017 Press

Sean Fader interviewed by ArtSlant

FACING THE BLACK MIRROR: SEAN FADER’S AWESOME YEAR BY ANDREA ALESSI Read on ArtSlant. Oscar Wilde famously suggested great art “reveal beauty and hide the artist.” For the 2017 BLACK MIRROR exhibition at SPRING/ BREAK, more than 100 curators will feature artworks that explore the dance of identity the artist undergoes—between showing what’s unseen and hiding in plain sight—especially in the face of modern technology, political unrest, and glimmers from ghosts of Art History’s past. ArtSlant will be exhibiting the…Read More


February 25, 2017 Press

Sean Fader at SPRING/BREAK in Artnet

The SPRING/BREAK Art Show Curator List Is Finally Here There’s a lot to look forward to next week. Sarah Cascone, February 24, 2017 Read on Artnet. New York’s SPRING/BREAK Art Show has finally revealed the list of its 2017 curators responding to the theme “BLACK MIRROR,” based on the idea of identity and what artists chose to reveal to the world of their personal selves. It’s an organizing principle that is drawn from the Claude glass, or black mirror, used…Read More


January 16, 2015 Press

Sean Fader in Plastiglass Journal by Annie Shepard

Read on Plastiglass Journal. “There’s a whole lot of authorship going on” Sean Fader X Richard Prince By Annie Shepard, December 31, 2014 Picasso famously said “Good artists copy, great artists steal.” But in the age of the re-tweet and the re-gram, is sharing the same as stealing? How has social media changed our sense of authorship? Sean Fader and Richard Prince’s tiff over an Instagram photo illuminates new ways of thinking about these issues.   #Wishingpelt It all began…Read More


January 09, 2015 Press

Share This! Reviewed by Momus

Read on Momus. Querying the New Appropriation Art: Is this Cynicism? By Joseph Henry, January 8, 2015 The Denny Gallery may have given themselves a curatorial headache with the title of their current exhibition, Share This! Appropriation After Cynicism. There are more tricky connections and presumptions in that moniker alone than in the web mantras and second-person addresses that typically sign most contemporary shows. To begin, the title suggests there was an appropriation art of cynicism. To most eyes, the…Read More


January 11, 2014 Press

Slate features Sean Fader’s “Sup?”

Read on Slate. “Fantasy Versus Reality in the Online Dating World” by David Rosenberg Signing up on 16 online dating sites and going out on 100 dates in a year might not be something you’d talk to your mother about, but it does provide fodder for an interesting photography project. Sean Fader did exactly that beginning in January 2010 and suddenly found himself enmeshed in a project in which he felt like an “emotional train wreck.” Fader didn’t start out that way….Read More


July 17, 2013 Events

Video Available of David Getsy’s Gallery Talk on “The Participants” at Denny Gallery

View the video on Vimeo “New conditions create new possibilities and demands for new versions of ourselves…. It’s about transformation. It’s using the excuse of art to transform life, which is this wonderful perversion of the way we normally think about it.”  – David Getsy, 6.28.13 at Denny Gallery David Getsy writes on modern and contemporary art and performance.  His research focuses on the use of sexualities and genders as resources for artistic practice.  His books include Scott Burton: Collected Writings…Read More


July 17, 2013 Press

Sean Fader “Sup?” series currently on view in “The Participants” featured on the Huffington Post

Read it on the Huffington Post. “Sean Fader Explores The Art Of Online Dating In ‘Sup?’” By Priscilla Frank. Posted 7/15/13. If you’ve ever taken your love life to the digital sphere, you’re familiar with the stressful, agonizing and self-esteem destroying task that is creating your dating profile. From choosing accurate yet complimentary photos to summing up your charm, wit and brains in a succinct bio, the challenge at hand is an arduous one. In an exhibition entitled “Sup?”, Sean…Read More


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365 Profile Pics
2017
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Wishing Pelt to Backdrop
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