Christopher McGuire, Chicago photographer
I am photographer based in Chicago. Through my work I reclaim my own image and subvert societal perceptions of the disabled body.
The camera serves a dual purpose in my practice it is both society’s gaze and my own, a tool to examine the tension between my corporeal self and my photographic self.
I perform for the camera while examining myself as a fetish object, a symbol, and whole individual. I acknowledge my disability. I recognize my status as outsider.Through my work I reclaim my own image and subvert societal perceptions of the disabled body.
I challenge and deconstruct these classifications by queering the established representations of disability. I explore the roles of Adonis, the inadequate stud, the observer, and the subject.The conceptual frameworks that balance my images are the tensions between subject and viewer, desire and repulsion, intimacy and exhibition ,reality and simulation.
I work to generate a dialog around how disability is present, valuable, and beautiful within notions of humanity.