Andrew J Burford is a queer artist who was raised in South Africa but currently resides in Berlin. In 2008 he completed his degree in Creative Advertising at The University of West London, after which he moved to Australia, where he developed his artistic career. Andrew has work in held in private collections across Australia, and in 2011, at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, was awarded the Kodak Professional Excellence in Photomedia Award, in 2012 Andrew was an award finalist for The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award and has since spoken and been exhibited internationally in the USA, Australia, Germany and the United Kingdom.
Andrew J Burford uses his practice to seek an understanding of the fractured situations and modes of being within culture relating to masculinity and the gap between a conventional masculine male and ‘the other’ and the supporting traits associated to both. It is the exploration of divergent masculinities within culture through performance, installation, photography, and video that he pursues by examining socially supported stereotypes and expectations.
His series, Untitled (Taylor), is a photographic look into gender performance and celebration of the banal. By steering away from the overly camp aesthetic usually employed to portray drag queens, he presents a world where the importance of gender becomes as stale as the tasks undertook by his subjects.