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Todd Edward Herman's haunting imagery suggests mysteriously entwined narratives, drawing no clear lines between fiction and fact. While dealing with themes of the body and transience, representational taboos and spectatorship, difference and the historic consequences of othering, his work looks to a rare beauty, making no claims to journalistic inquiry.
He has been the recipient of many awards for his work including the San Francisco International Film Festival's New Vision Award, the Art Council of Northern Ireland's Artist in Residence Award, Grants from the San Francisco Film Arts Foundation, a Western States Regional Media Arts Fellowship, Taipei Artist Village Residency, and the San Francisco Art Commission's Emerging Curator Award. He has presented his work at such venues as the International Film Festival Rotterdam, San Francisco International Film Festival, Southbank Centre, Anthology Film Archives, San Francisco Cinematheque, and Pacific Film Archives.
"At their best artists can question habits of understanding, looking, and story telling, thereby investigating the ways that personal and historical forms are constructed rather than fixed. For me, this means generating work that examines how images compose, enforce, or undermine -- rather than simply reflect -- history, dominant values, identity, and authorship."