Kerry Skarbakka (b. 1970 Minnesota, raised in Tennessee) creates performance-based photographic work depicting existential anxieties and loss of control through the acts of falling, drowning, fighting and expanded roles of identity. Skarbakka’s work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and art fairs internationally. Highlights include the Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles, Haifa Museum of Art, Israel; The North Carolina Museum of Art; the Vivacom Art Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria; Museo de la Ciudad, Cuernava Morelos, Mexico; Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice; the George Eastman Museum; the Alhen Museum of Art, Germany; Fargfabriken Norr, Stockholm; the Warhol Museum; the Corcoran Gallery of Art; and the Aperture Foundation, among others. Skarbakka’s first major solo exhibition was at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
A Creative Capital grantee, he has received funding from the Oregon Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, and the Chicago Center of Cultural Affairs.He was also awarded a commission from the City of Seattle through the 1% for the Arts Program. Skarbakka’s work has been featured in notable publications including Aperture, Art and America, After Image, and ArtReview International. Extensive online media coverage includes the Huffington Post, Wired, Slate, The Guardian, and many others. Additionally, Skarbakka has appeared on several live radio and television interviews including NBC’s “Today Show” with Matt Lauer and on “Today on Sunday” with Cameron and Leila, from Australia. Evidenced by his contribution to the medium of photography, his work was included in After Photography, a documentary film series by Stan Neumann and Juliette Garcias, co-produced by the Centre Pompidou, and Rene Daalder’s, Here is Always Somewhere Else, a documentary film about Bas Jan Ader.
Kerry Skarbakka received his BA in Studio Arts from the University of Washington and an MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. He lives in Corvallis, Oregon, where he serves as an Assistant Professor of Photography at Oregon State University. He is represented by Fifty-One Fine Art Photography in Antwerp, Belgium and through the Print Room at Huxley-Parlour in London.