Barbara Ciurej has collaborated with Lindsay Lochman on photographic projects for over four decades. The two consider photography as storytelling and mine the confluence of history, myth, and popular culture to frame contemporary tales. Their subject matter spans their gendered experience from adolescence to aging and expands into critiques of the societal landscape. They employ staged photography, studio constructions, documentary, alternative processes and artists’ books in their practice. Their work has been exhibited in the US and internationally and is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Milwaukee Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Walker Art Center, and Worcester Art Museum. Their artists’ books are in the collections of the Yale Center for British Art, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Joan Flasch Artists Book Collection, and Bainbridge Island Arts Museum among others.
Ciurej has maintained a professional career in graphic design. Separately and together Ciurej and Lochman have been guest lecturers at a number of academic institutions, and are currently contributing editors for Lenscratch. They maintain studios in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Chicago, Illinois.