Jess T. Dugan: Look at me like you love me

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In Look at me like you love me, Jess T. Dugan reflects on desire, intimacy, companionship, and the ways our identities are shaped by these experiences. In this highly personal collection of work, Dugan brings together self-portraits, portraits of individuals and couples, and still lifes, interwoven with diaristic writings reflecting on relationships, solitude, family, loss, healing, and the transformations that define a life.

Dugan has long used photography to understand their own identity and to connect with others on a deeper level. Their process of working slowly and collaboratively discloses moments of heightened psychological intensity in images that transcend the specifics of a particular person or place, engaging with what it means to know oneself alongside and through others.

Look at me like you love me transforms Prahran Square into a public moment of connection, sharing intimacy and love on a community scale.

Curated by Photo Australia. Supported by the City of Stonnington.

Look at me like you love me is an official exhibition of PHOTO 2022 International Festival of Photography (, a major biennial of new photography and ideas taking place from 29 April to 22 May in Melbourne and regional Victoria. Responding to the theme ‘Being Human’, PHOTO 2022 explores the role photography plays in understanding the contemporary human condition. PHOTO 2022 is produced by Photo Australia in collaboration with cultural institutions, museums and galleries, and education, industry and government partners.


  • Friday, 29 April 2022 | 12:00 AM - Sunday, 22 May 2022 | 11:59 PM


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