ARTIST: ZACHARY Z. HANDLER

Artist Statement

My photography work examines the different forms the queer body takes, and the social expectations that lie behind it. I primarily use dancers as the common denominators for this conversation of deconstruction. Injecting the queer body into non-traditional environments is my way of questioning the attitudes, fears and unwritten rules which have formed our outward behaviour and force us to wrestle with conformity.
My work is my way of celebrating the human – eccentric and silly as we may be – and the distinct and beautiful strangeness othered people possess. I find the beauty of bodies in battered warehouses or cluttered living-rooms trapped in the antiquity of the 70s. With my work I say, we exist, we are strange, and we are beautiful.

US-based artist Zachary Z. Handler (MAAA, BFA), presents:

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Artist Bio

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Over the past seventeen years, Zachary Z. Handler’s career as a photographer of dance and performance has afforded him the opportunity to work with Naoko Maeshiba/Kibism, PearsonWidrig Dance Theatre, Heart Strück Bernie, and Orange Grove Dance, among many others. In addition to his work as a professional photographer, Handler has also streamlined a career in both the fields of health care and art education.

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Working with such arts organizations as the Museum of Modern Art, Quest Visual Theatre, and the Creative Alliance, he has provided community and access programs to individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind. Handler has taught arts education classes, across the country and overseas, to deaf and hard of hearing youth in foster care.

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Zachary Z. Handler received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2003 and a Masters in Arts Administration from Columbia University Teachers College in 2005. Currently residing in Baltimore with his family, Handler serves as the Deaf Services Program Manager for the Baltimore Medical System, Inc. Always on the lookout for creative, collaborative opportunities in any of his professional realms, he also enjoys the appropriation of found objects, the company of 1970s cinema, and the colour pink.

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You can explore Handler’s work further by visiting:

www.zzhandler.com

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www.instagram.com/zzhandler

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All images were kindly supplied by the artist.

Please contact the artist before using them.

Thank you.

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