Aaron Hegert is Assistant Professor of Photography at Texas Tech University. He holds a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from Indiana University. He is a Fulbright Scholar (Paris 2008), and a founding member of Everything Is Collective. His work has been exhibited and published widely, with recent exhibitions at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, the Aperture Foundation in New York City, Royal Nonesuch Gallery in Oakland, California; the University Art Gallery at University of California, San Diego; the Urban Arts Space at Ohio State University in Columbus; and the Center for Photography at Woodstock, to name a few. His publications are held in the Joan Flasch Artists Book Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Franklin Furnace Archive in Brooklyn, and the Museum of Modern Art Library in New York City. Aaron Hegert lives and works in Lubbock, Texas.
Professor Hegert's research is focused on digital media and photography as a site of collective labor. His approach to the photographic medium is highly self-aware, and he does not treat photography as a transparent tool that can be used to look objectively at whatever is placed in front of the lens, but instead considers the entire process of making a photographic image and the fact that the camera (and software, and algorithms) changes whatever it records, warping its meaning, its context, and its appearance in ways that have a very real effect on the way the subject of any given photograph is interpreted. Rather than treating these distortions of character as a problem that must be defeated, Hegert chooses instead to exaggerate them, calling attention to the way the photograph filters knowledge and creates unforeseen connections between images, objects, and people.
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