Joey Solomon

Joey Solomon is a queer cancer-survivor and disabled Photographer, Painter and Mental Health Advocate living in Brooklyn, NY. In 2019, Solomon earned his BFA from NYU Tisch Department of Photography and Imaging. Solomon has exhibited his artworks internationally, most notably in The New Yorker, Aperture Gallery and at MoMA PS1.

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In Portraits of my Mother, Solomon uses repetition and psychological documentation to better understand his own mental illnesses. Solomon’s mother navigates life with a multitude of mental diagnoses. Each of his photographs within this lifelong ongoing portrait project are grasps at visual examples of hereditary gene passing and symptoms of mental illnesses that are shared by blood. Self-portraits, dual portraits, and portraits of non-human life further obscure binary lines between the artist and his mother; stability and psychosis.

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In this ongoing collection of self-portraits through his own skin or others, Solomon looks to acknowledge internal dissonance and copes by using photography to grasp what the symptoms of his ADHD, PTSD, anxiety and depressive disorders may look like in the various stages of his daily triumphs and emotional defeats. Interestingly, Solomon feels as though he is able to detail his experience as a human living with multiple dueling mental illnesses far better through his work, photographing externally and finding images of himself within the external. If nothing else, Solomon’s work serves to affirm a learning process in our tender and dysfunctional species.

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