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HomeContents > People > Photographers > James Higginson

Dates:  1957, 21 April -
Born:  US, PA, Pittsburgh
Active:  US / Europe / China / Japan
Contemporary American photographer. 
Artist statement: 
James Higginson believes it is important to confront and provoke his audience using images that reveal the unspoken of today's world, the sacred and the profane, the spiritual and the material. His artistic life is a journey, a passage through time requiring documentation. To that end, he works to interrogate contemporary life and address the issues that expose our human frailty.
Through Higginson's photography series, POV: Portraits of Violence, he holds a mirror to our global culture. He has dared to aestheticize the violent, not to glorify but to condemn. He uses intricately staged photographs to examine and scrutinize violence in contemporary culture and suggest that while exterior violence, like imperial conquest, is accepted, interior violence has remained closeted. Society has historically maintained that the horrors are always elsewhere, on the unraveling fringes. Higginson's theatrically staged photographs force awareness of the fictions of that lie and of our acceptance of these fictions as truth. The POV series consciously reflects the methodology of television, movies and the nightly news. These representations, seamlessly woven into the fabric of society, have become a part of our development. Here his interest is in the progressive denuding of the line between reality and representation and how it becomes progressively less distinct as our conception of violence is culturally transmitted from generation to generation. Within the subtext of violence in these pictures of stories of relationships, Higginson asks each of us: "Are you an active or passive participant in the propagation of violence? "
James Higginson (January 2008)

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1988-90 Claremont Graduate University, M.F.A.
1982-84 Art Center College of Design
1975-78 Pennsylvania State University, B.S.
Solo exhibitions
2007 Inheritance, Raab Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2007 Gewalt in der Familie, Studio DuMont, Cologne, Germany
2006 Searching Sierra Madre, Raab Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2005 I LOVE YOU: Portraits Against Violence, Ernst Museum, Budapest, Hungary
2005 Recollections, Sala Museale del Baraccano, Bologna, Italy
2003 Portraits of Violence, & Mendings, C/O Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2003 POV: Sacrifice, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY
2002 POV: The Story of Shelley, Post, Los Angeles, CA
2001 Nachdenken/Ponderance, MillerDurazo Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2000 Shapes & Compositions, MillerDurazo Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1992 The China Paintings, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA
1992 The Continuation of Life Series, Beverly Hills Library, CA
1990 o.u. being, East Gallery, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA
1989 The China Paintings, Grand Hall, Guilin, P.R. China
1987 Brethern, Eilat Gordin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Group exhibitions
2007 Like There is no Tomorrow, Galerie Caprice Horn, Berlin
2007 Berlin-LA Interface, Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, Berlin
2005 DEFENSE: Body and Nobody in Self Protection, UC at Riverside, CA
2004 Aufruhr der Gefuehle, Museum of Photography, Braunschweig, Germany
2004 Aufruhr der Gefuehle, Kunsthalle Goeppingen, Goeppingen, Germany
2002 Gallery Kobo Chika, Tokyo, Japan
2002 Post, Los Angeles, CA
2001 Post, Los Angeles, CA
1999 Art & Democracy II, Merging One Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1999 Big Wave 2, Andrew Shire Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1999 Scapeland, Post, Los Angeles, CA
1994 Symbolic Garments, Cypress College Gallery, Cypress, CA
1993 Sue Spaid Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
1992 FarBazaar, Los Angeles, CA
1989 Art & Democracy, Merging One Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2003 Lao Niao: A Walk with Light to Love, C/O Berlin, Berlin, Germany
1999 Lao Niao, Merging One Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1998 Lao Niao, Akademie der Kunst, Berlin, Germany
1994 o.u.being, Cypress College, Cypress, CA
1990 A HUNGER, igLoo Theater, Los Angeles Festival for Freedom of Expression, CA
1990 o.u.being, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA
1989 John Woodall's Gim Crack, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
1989 The Goat Story, LACE Rough Cuts & UCLA Works in Progress, Los Angeles, CA
1988 The Goat Story, Drama Workshop, Sydney, Australia.
1990 LA Weekly Award Nomination-Costume Design-A HUNGER
1987-1988 Daytime Emmy Award- Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic design  
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