My work investigates the interwoven technologies of photography and identity. My recent portraits explore the slippage that occurs when outward representations of body do not necessarily correlate to inner essences of identity. I use photography as the foundation of all my work because it parallels this tension, reflecting both surface appearances and inferred depths, while also problematizing the relationship between them.
Nick Simko is an artist, writer, and educator based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His critical and creative practice addresses the interwoven technologies of identity and photography. Nick's work has been exhibited at museums and galleries throughout the United States including The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Sanitary Tortilla Factory in Albuquerque, and The Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. His project "Football" was published in the University of Pittsburgh's 2018 issue of their cultural journal, "Contemporaneity," titled "Presenting Race: Institutional Contexts and Critiques."
Since 2016 Nick has served as a board member for the Society for Photographic Education (SPE) LGBTQ Caucus. In this role he has helped organize group discussions at national conferences and has also collaborated with other caucus members to make an LGBTQ resource guide that is accessible to students and faculty nationwide.
Nick is also a contributor to Focal Critic, an online platform for educators, students, and photographers. Most recently Nick was selected for the 2019 ONE Archives Foundation's LGBTQ Research Fellowship Program at the University of Southern California Libraries in Los Angeles. His project will consider the archive's immense collection of photographs as a reflection of self-authorship in the context of queer communities from 1960 through 1990.