The photography of artist duo SH/Sadler dissects the cult of beauty.
SH/Sadler came into existence in 2012 as an artistic collaboration between Julia SH and Nic Sadler. Both artists have backgrounds in film and currently reside in Los Angeles, ground zero for the cult of beauty (and celebrity) that their work critiques. SH/Sadler’s images primarily (though not exclusively) explore sculptural forms of the nude, which they depict through a surrealist lens of the dystopian grotesque.
Their recent series Fresh Meat was awarded two top prizes by the jury of the Tokyo International Foto Awards (TIFA) in 2020. According to the artists, the inspiration for Fresh Meat arose “out of a desire to subvert current beauty standards in photography and confront the dehumanization that it has created.” SH/Sadler also confirm that, “no models were harmed in the process and we all had a nice lunch together afterwards,” which we believe, except for the lunch part.
Julia SH was born in Stockholm and Nic Stadler was born in the UK. Julia holds a BA from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London and an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art. Nic earned a BA in Linguistics and Film Studies from Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. In 2018, Nic received an Emmy for developing the Artemis director’s viewfinder system. See more of their collaborative work here.