Joseph Wilcox

Joseph Wilcox (b. 1984) is an artist and educator working in Chicago. His zines and books are part of small publishing libraries nationally and internationally. As an artist, Wilcox takes on the role of object- maker, documentarian, curator, and organizer to explore how institutional control and societal power subverts the autonomy of the individual. He is the co-founder and photo editor of LDOC, a free photography and creative writing publication given out twice monthly on the Red Line train in Chicago. Wilcox earned his BFA in Art Education from Kendall College of Art and Design in 2008 and an MFA in Visual Arts from the Lesley University College of Art and Design (formerly the Art Institute of Boston) in 2012. He currently teaches contemporary art practices to high school kids in Chicago.

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Permanent Record

“For the last three years, I have been working at a suburban high school as a teacher. During my first year, when cleaning out a storage closet in my classroom, I came across hundreds of incident reports that had been stored there. I made copies of these documents and returned them to their original location in the closet. As I read through the texts, I immediately noticed the subtle details describing the high school experience. I felt as if these incidents should be given visual representation. Over the subsequent years, I created photographs to illustrate each account.”

This is the official statement that accompanies Permanent Record. Like the work itself, it contains facts and fiction, and hopefully some truth as well. Working concurrently as a teacher and an unofficial artist- in-residence in a public high school, I worked with students to explore the concept of the high school individual and photography’s relationship to reality. By sharing the artistic process with my students, they were given the opportunity to collaborate and take part in artistic production.

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To see more of Joseph’s work, check out his website.



Issue No.13 – Call For Entry!


Robert Lyons
International Limited Residency MFA Photography Program Hartford Art School
University of Hartford
Portland, Oregon


Aint–Bad No. 13 Call For Entry is officially open! We are teaming up with a new group of guest curators and editors from all over to collaborate on a publication that seeks the best contemporary photography being made today! Learn more about each of these talented curators and submit today!

Robert Lyons lives in Portland,Oregon. He has taught extensively in the USA and Europe at various institutions including: Emily Carr College of Art & Design, Photographic Center Northwest, International Center of Photography, and the Ostkreuzschule in Berlin. He received an M.F.A. from Yale University in 1979. Lyons has received numerous awards for his work including: NEA Survey Grant, Ford Foundation Grants, and a MacDowell Residency. His work has been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe and is represented in numerous permanent collections including: The Metropolitan Museum, Seattle Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery, Portland Art Museum, Hallmark Collection of Photography, Nelson–Atkins Museum, and Beth Hatefutsoth Museum of the Diaspora, Tel Aviv, Israel.

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