Elle Pérez was born, raised, and is currently based in the Bronx, New York. Their photographic work is a celebration of the erotics of underground communities and the possibilities inherent to marginal spaces and identities. They are interested in exploring borderlands, the secretive, the process of becoming that is never completed, and the violence implied therein.
Pérez holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a Masters of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Art. Pérez's photographs have been exhibited at Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, The Stonewall National Museum & Archives, Regen Projects, Danziger Gallery, Transmitter Gallery and the Bronx Documentary Center. Their work has been supported through commissions, grants, residencies and awards from the Levine Museum of the New South, the Bronx Council of the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Maryland Institute College of Art, and the Theo Westenberger Foundation. They have been included in public programming at the Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of the City of New York, The Magenta Foundation's Flash Forward Festival, and Harvard Business School. Pérez is a founding member of Junte, a local and international artist collective and visual art project based out of Adjuntas, Puerto Rico. Pérez teaches photography as an Assistant Professor at Williams College and is a Dean at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
Image: Elle Pérez, Binder, 2015. Archival pigment print. 31 x 44 in. Courtesy of the artist.