Nicholas Muellner is an artist who operates at the intersection of photography and writing. Through books, exhibitions and slide lectures, his projects investigate the limits of photography as a documentary pursuit and as an interface to socio-political and personal narratives. Often focused on a queer experience of the post-Soviet world, his work transforms descriptive accounts into literary dramas, autobiographical reflections, and philosophical inquiries. Muellner’s five published books include The Photograph Commands Indifference (A-Jump Books, 2009), The Amnesia Pavilions (A-Jump Books, 2011) and In Most Tides, An Island (SPBH Editions, 2017), which was shortlisted for the Aperture/Paris Photo Photobook of the Year Award. In addition to solo exhibitions in the U.S., the U.K. and Russia, his writings on photography have been published by MACK, Aperture, Afterimage, TripleCanopy, Art Journal and Routledge. Muellnerhas performed slide lectures at numerous venues in the U.S. and Europe, including MoMA P.S.1, the CarnegieMuseum of Art, The Photographers Gallery (London), the National Center for Contemporary Art (Saint Petersburg) and the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago). Muellner’s work has been supported by a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography, the 2017 John Gutmann Fellowship in Photography, residencies at the MacDowell and Yaddo Colonies, the Russian National Center of Contemporary Art, and the Carnegie Museum of Art, and grants from the Trust for Mutual Understanding and CEC Artslink. He received a BA in comparative literature from Yale University and an MFA in Photography from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Muellner is an Associate Professor of Photography at Ithaca College.
Catherine Taylor is the author of You, Me, and the Violence, on puppets, drones, and power, and of Apart, a mixed-genre memoir and political history that combines prose, poetry, cultural theory, and found texts from South African archives. Her first book, Giving Birth: A Journey Into the World of Mothers and Midwives (Penguin Putnam), won the Lamaze International Birth Advocate Award. Her essays, poetry, and reviews have appeared in ActionYes!, the Seneca Review, The Colorado Review, Witness, Hotel Amerika, Postmodern Culture, and elsewhere. Taylor was a co-founder and producer of The Human Rights Watch Film Festival and she has received residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo, and the Millay Colony. She is a founding editor of Essay Press, an independent press dedicated to publishing innovative essays in book form. Taylor received her Ph.D. from Duke University and is an associate professor in the writing department at Ithaca College.