Sean Fader (he/him/his) is interested in how photographs circulate in digital systems, including on social media. His works and performances explore how digital technologies are transforming our concepts of sharing and collective authorship. His recent work was featured in the solo show Sugar Daddy: Dear Danielle at Denny Gallery, New York, NY (2020), and the group shows Difference Machines: Technology and Identity in Contemporary Art at the Albright-Knox Museum in Buffalo, NY (2021), and Difference Machines Gray Area, San Francisco, CA (2023). Fader is currently an Assistant Professor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in the Department of Photography and Imaging. He is represented by Denny Gallery in New York City and Hong Kong.
His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally in Dubai, Canada, Mexico, and England. His exhibition history includes Contemporary Performance at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa (2019), On the Map at Denny Gallery Hong Kong (2019), 365 Profile Pics at the SPRING/BREAK Art show with Denny Gallery in NYC (2017), Picture Yourself: Selfies, Cellphones, and the Digital Age at the College of Wooster Art Museum (2016), Drama Queer: Seducing Social Change at the Queer Arts Festival in Vancouver (2016), and White Boys, at Haverford College. Fader was named a NYFA Fellow in 2013 and A Blade of Grass Fellow for 2012-2013, and he received Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Award for Emerging Photographers in 2012. Fader has been awarded prestigious residencies at Art Omi, Bemis Center for the Contemporary Arts, Yaddo, Stove Works, and The Wassaic Project. He has received press coverage in BOMB, MOMUS, Hyperallergic, British Journal of Photography, Art F City, Humble Arts Foundation, Huffington Post, WWD, and Slate.
Fader received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, his MA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, and his BFA from the New School in New York City. Fader is also a collective member of Antenna in New Orleans.