From the artist: I spent my teenage years as a middle-class suburban skateboarder. My friends, despite being part of a secular family, influenced me into Christian beliefs. The work I make comes from the tensions and anxieties I felt during that stage of my life, and their effects on my current self. Some of my photos are staged, some are snapshots, some include strangers hired off the Internet, and some include family members. Most of the photos are set in my hometown of Joliet, a Chicago suburb that is known for its prison.
Dan Bradica (b.1988) is an artist from Chicago, where he received a BFA from Columbia College in 2011. His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions at the University of St. Francis, the Catherine Edelman Gallery, and the Ping Yao International Photography Festival in China. Bradica has received awards such as the Albert P. Weisman Grant, the Civic and Arts Foundation Award, and was a resident in the 2011 ACRE summer artist residency.