Cole Witter (b. 1992) is a photographer & interdisciplinary artist living in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from MN, Witter received a BFA from the University of Wisconsin (‘15) where their passion for performance evolved into the study of self-portraiture.
Witter’s work is often auto-biographical & explores themes of spirituality, duality & the power of self-transformation. Most recently, Witter's debut solo exhibition, IN hIS IMAGE, premiers a series of 15 fine-art photos exposing the psychological & spiritual warfare growing up within a queer, Evangelical Christian identity.
Awards, Publications & Exhibitions
IN hIS IMAGE- Debut Solo Exhibition at Taaffe Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. November 2021
“Our Light Through Darkness”, published by Impulse NYC, curated by LaQuanne
"Trans Bodies, Trans Selves", published by Oxford University Press, edited by Laura Erickson-Schroth
Vogue Magazine, "The State of Hope: Community Ties" by Sage G. Dolan-Sandrino September Issue, p.114-115
My Gay Eye/ Mein Schwules Auge, by Rinaldo Hopf & Fedya Ili, p.254-255
Garage Magazine, "The New Collectives" by Sophie Kemp, p. 50-53
My Genesis includes five digital photographs that illuminate a journey of transformation and spiritual reconstruction within my queer identity.
Growing up in a small town with Evangelical Christian practices was incredibly isolating. My religion coaxed me into cycles of shame and self-deprecation until my devotion created a rift in my spirit. This ethereal series is a testament to my newfound queer-spiritual awakening.
Through movement-based portraiture, I pose the human body in haunting suspensions and illusions of limbo. I implement methods of chance by creating environments which stimulate play & authentic response. Through collaborative exploration, I use my nude body in three self-portraits as I reclaim my mind, spirit and flesh.