in the dirt by Michael McFadden

in the dirt by Michael McFadden 


Solo Final Exhibition Opening February 14, 2019 6-9PM

ICP-Bard MFA Programs is proud to present in the dirt, Michael McFadden’s first solo exhibition in New York. The Work presented explores the relationship between death and photography and accentuates a longing for what is no longer present. As Roland Barthes states, “The other is in a condition of perpetual departure, of journeying.  …An Always present I is constituted only by confrontation with an always absent you. Focusing on the overlap between internalized shame and identify affirmation, McFadden’s work pivots from his family to his lovers. A wall collage explores the impact of his recently departed father and grandfather: a memento mori of one sort in juxtaposition to the la petite mort of his sexually explicit photographs.

McFadden draws from family albums and vintage gay pornography, vernaculars inherited from his biological and chosen families, the foundation to his visual iconography.  He interweaves photographs, sculpture, text, and video to examine the inner workings and the visceral charges of sexual connection, as they manifest in the context of his everyday life. in the dirt explores the artist’s journey into the intersecting space of sex and protest within a post-PrRP environment.

Michael McFadden (Chicago, IL) worked within the social services and community health centers for over 15 years, focusing primarily on LGBTQ health and the provision of HIV/AIDS services. He brings this awareness and process into his photographic work. Michael received his BA and MSW from Loyola University Chicago and currently lives in NYC.

On view from February 14-17, 2019 12-6PM or by appointment.

In conversation with Matthew Papa on Saturday, February 16 from 330-5PM

Contact Michael at, @michaelmcfaddenphotography, and @mcfaddenphoto.


3-part studio interview with Michael talking about his in the dirt exhibition, his inspirations, and his ICP-Bard MFA program experience. Enjoy.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3




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