Do you deserve it? What do you think you deserve? Why do you think that you deserve it? Does everyone deserve it? Or do you deserve it more than other people? How much has your life background affected what you think you deserve? Do you deserve praise? What for? Do you deserve shame? What for? Who decides what you deserve? Who is able to give you what you deserve? Do you deserve all the good that has happened to you? Do you deserve all the bad? Do you deserve anything at all?
Chad States is an interdisciplinary artist currently living in Philadelphia who uses his queer psychological perspective to examine what it means to be human.
States earned an MFA from Tyler School of Art in 2007. He was an active member of Vox Populi an art collective based in Philadelphia from 2013-2018. His work has been exhibited nationally in venues that include Space Gallery, Portland ME; Vox Populi, Philadelphia PA; Napoleon, Philadelphia PA; Blue Sky Gallery, Portland OR; ClampArt New York, NY and Greg Kucera, Seattle WA. His book Cruising was published in the fall of 2011 by Powerhouse Books and was short listed as one of the best new photo books in 2012 by Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo. He has an Artist in Residence at the Philadelphia Photographic Arts Center in 2013 as well as Light Work in 2009. He was awarded the Delaware Fellowship for the Arts established artist grant for his sculptural work in 2017 and photographic work in 2010. His work has been written about in publications such as Modern Painters and Vice.
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