Employing photography, video and sculptural forms Stefan Petranek explores how contemporary culture, especially through advances in science and technology, affects our perception of what nature is and what it might become. Heavily influenced by his former training as a biologist, he harnesses the camera’s potential as both a tool of rationality and expression to reflect on humanity’s complex relationship with nature and in turn ourselves. Combining a clean and beautiful aesthetic with subjects that range from genetics to climate change, his work offers a timely reflection on modernity. Petranek’s photographic and video work have been exhibited widely in the U.S. as well as appearing internationally.

Named a 2013 Critical Mass finalist, his Genotyping and Genetic Portrait Project series have garnered notable attention including a review by Lenscratch in 2016. Following CODEX, an exhibition of his Genetic-based artwork, at Tulla Culture Center in Albania in 2015, his Genetic Portrait Project Initiative was published in Front Line Genomics Magazine and work from his Genotyping series appeared in INPHA3, Manifest Press’ 2016 fine art photography book. He is represented by Circuit Gallery in Toronto and resides in Indianapolis with his amazing family. He is currently an associate professor at Indiana University’s Herron School of Art & Design.