Anja Conrad was born 1971 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany and grew up in Chicago and New York. 1994 she studied art at the Art Institute of Chicago and received her MFA in 1998 in photography and related media at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She returned 2001 to Frankfurt where she works and lives with her 3 Children.
About the photo exhibition at Gallery Sebastian, Friday Aug 28, 2009:
Men at Work
During our time of economic crisis, shifting gender roles and the constant threat of unemployment I got interested in men and their relationship to their jobs. I got especially interested in men that are doing "unmanly jobs" or jobs that don't seem like "real jobs". A parsley wrapper, a lilies of the valley salesman, a construction
worker on break, a median strip gardener. What is their relationship to their work? Is there a sense of pride, is there an attention to detail? What does their job say about their lives, about our times?
In this series of photographs I also explore my own pre-conscieved notions of men as "bread-winners" and try to create portraits that broaden my own palette of work possibilities.
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