Thursday 30 July 2009

Evan Baden

All images © Evan Baden

Congratulations to Evan Baden who was June´s winner of theprintspace photography competition - portrait theme. After spending a long time reviewing all the entries the judges managed to narrow down the finalists and eventually agree that Evan Baden´s series The Illuminati merited the top slot. Speaking about the project, he says:

"In Westernized cultures today, there is a generation that is growing up without the knowledge of what it is to be disconnected. The world in which we are growing up is always on. We are continuously plugged in, and linked up. We take this technology for granted. Not because we are ungrateful, but because we simply don’t know a world without it. From our earliest memories, there has always been a way to connect with others whether it is Myspace, Facebook, cell phones, email, or instant messenger. And now, with the Internet, instant messaging, and email in our pocket, right there with our phones, we can always feel as if we are part of a greater whole. These devices grace us with the ability to instantly connect to others, and at the same time, they isolate us from those with whom we are connected. They allow for great freedom, yet so often, we are chained to them. They have become part of who we are and how we identify ourselves. These devices ordain us with a wealth of knowledge and communication that would have been unbelievable a generation ago. More and more, we are bathed in a silent, soft, and heavenly blue glow. It is as if we carry divinity in our pockets and purses."

Born in 1985, Baden attended the College of Visual Arts. In 2007, he graduated with a BFA in Photography. Since then, he has exhibited work in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. His work has been added to the collections of the Walker Art Center, Milwaukee Art Museum, and The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. In November of 2008, he was named as one of the five Jerome Fellows for the 2008-2009 year. He received $10,000 to continue and make new work. The work that he is currently making will be exhibited at the MCAD Gallery in October of 2009.