STL Artist Jess T. Dugan discusses new photography collection with STL Poet Jessica Baran and Left Bank Books IN PERSON at High Low

Left Bank Books & Kranzberg Arts Foundation welcomes St. Louis artist Jess T. Dugan, who will discuss his new collection of photographs Look at me like you love me, in person at the High Low and virtually on our Facebook Live page at 7 p.m. CT on February 28. Dugan will be in conversation with St. Louis poet Jessica Baran. Join us in person or on our Facebook Live page and order a copy of Look at me like you love me from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

We encourage pre-orders for this book as we will have a limited quantity available at the event. Pre-orders will secure your copy at the event.

**Proof of vaccination and mask will be required for entry to the in-person event. **Guests will need to bring photo ID AND either their physical vaccination card or a photo of their vaccination card.

About Look at me like you love me

“There’s so much I can’t tell in my photographs, although it’s all there, just under the surface, if you know what to look for.”

In See Me As You Love Me, Jess T. Dugan reflects on desire, intimacy, companionship, and how our identities are shaped by these experiences. In this collection of highly personal works, Dugan brings together self-portraits, portraits of individuals and couples, and still lifes, interwoven with diaristic writing reflecting relationships, loneliness, family, loss, healing, and life-defining transformations. Dugan has long used photography to understand her own identity and connect with others on a deeper level. Their slow, collaborative working process reveals moments of heightened psychological intensity in images that transcend the specifics of a particular person or place, engaging with what it means to know oneself alongside and through others. Using medium format cameras and natural lighting, Dugan employs traditional photographic practices to depict these contemporary subjects, resulting in images that both evoke and reimagine the conventional dynamics of historical portraiture. ‘art. Gathered here, these photographs function as an extended and oblique self-portrait as much as a catalog of friends and relatives. Through a diffuse but studied sequence of images and texts, Look at me as you love me draws our attention to one of the most powerful and complex forms of intimacy: that of seeing and being. seen.

About our speakers

Jess T. Dugan is an artist whose work explores questions of identity through photographic portraiture. Their work has been exhibited widely and is in the permanent collections of over 40 museums across the United States. Their monographs include Look at me like you love me (MACK, 2022), To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults (Kehrer Verlag, 2018) and Every Breath We Drew (Daylight Books, 2015). They are recipients of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship, an ICP Infinity Award, and were selected by the Obama White House as an LGBT Artist Champion for Change.

Jessica Baran is a St. Louis-based art writer, poet, and curator. She is the author of three books of poetry, and her art reviews and essays appear regularly in Artforum, Art in America, and Burnaway, among other publications. In 2021, she received an Arts Writer Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation for Short Form Criticism.

For the in-person event, we ask that you RSVP via this Google form. The presentation and conversation will begin at 7 p.m. at the High Low, 3301 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103. Vaccination is required for in-person attendees.

For the virtual event, all you have to do to participate is log into your personal Facebook account, go to the Left Bank Books Facebook Live page and wait for the live stream to start on the page. (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You can also watch the simulcast on Left Bank’s YouTube channel.

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