“Aint–Bad: Vision to Reality” highlights the publisher’s thoughtfully curated editions, exploring the organization’s development from a singular vision and idea at its 2011 inception to the impressive brand it is today. The exhibition includes a selection of photographic works by SCAD alumni who have been profiled by Aint–Bad, as well as publications produced by the brand in the last five years.
Aint–Bad supports a worldwide, progressive community of artists through the publication of fresh photography and writing in its independent journals, books, web-based forum and exhibitions. Working from the premise that photography is at the core of how our world and communities connect, Aint–Bad produces curated publications, each with a particular cultural theme or set of observations. Through various endeavors, the collective has created publications featuring artists from around the globe, including many SCAD alumni.
Founded by SCAD graduates Carson Sanders (B.F.A. photography), Taylor Curry (B.F.A. photography), Caroline McElhinny (B.F.A. photography), Caitie Moore (B.F.A. photography) and James Jackman (B.F.A. photography) while they still attended the university, Aint–Bad has received several accolades and acknowledgments since its genesis. In 2014, the directors were invited to exhibit images from Aint–Bad’s “The American South” issue at the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia, as well as represent Georgia at the Southeast Arts Presenters Summit at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. Aint–Bad was also invited to launch the issue “Self-ie” at the Artbook @ MoMA PS1 Magazine Store in New York City in 2015, and was selected as an exhibitor at the Philadelphia Art Book Fair in 2016.
Sanders and Curry continue to direct Aint–Bad today. As directors, they have been participants and portfolio reviewers at the Society for Photographic Education National Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 2015, and in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2016, as well as at Atlanta Celebrates Photography in 2015. Most recently, they were guest lecturers at the University of Georgia in Athens in Spring 2016.
SCAD art history professor Lisa Jaye Young also contributes to shaping the editorial voice of the initiative. This exhibition is curated by guest curator Susan A. Laney.