not to much, just enough


born during the late winter of feburary 1996, the fourth of five children in the afro-mexicano family anderson. growing up in southern texas within an evangelical christian family set the themes for the development, education, spirituality and social life of my young self. homeschooling left plenty of free time for the arts and for various forms of fiction that hooked the anti-social psyche of my adolescence. the year 2008 saw that my family would face bankruptcy and homelessness, piled on with the eruption of sexual desire in this young boy whose taste in men was far from acceptable in the minds of his parents.

beginning in 2011 and the years to follow, my expression in the arts materialized in many forms. music, product design, illustration, sculpture, garment-building, painting and photography. the most notable of these being photography, which has been my vessel to travel the earth. by april of 2016 intuition told me it was time to leave home so i fled to los angeles seeking an individual self away from my family. in 2017, after going through an exhaustingly difficult year, lowly and depressed, i dubbed myself with the pseudonym - bilhan, a name here meaning: foolish and simple.

now it is 2018. life is far different from where i began, still letting that one sink in. now i live in berlin while studying the german language. here i will continue my photography exploring the queer experience, sexuality, humans manipulating environments and people. my interest and curiosities pulls me in every direction. one thing is for sure: i will focus on creating now and save the questions for later.

joshua anderson bilhan


"the jump in themes within Joshua’s work could be related to his upbringing. born in houston but raised across Texas his life was “in a constant shift of environments and surroundings, conditioning his mindset to find the extraordinary in reality”. these distinct life experiences influenced and shaped who he is and the work he creates. this has resulted in a diverse portfolio but with a consistent style that binds it all together intelligently."

—lucy bourton, friday 19 august 2016, pub. it's nice that



joshua aaron anderson [b. 1996, USA]

experience:

tenativ; houston, texas — 2014-16
co-founder and art director of outdoors equipment company.

AFA: chamber music academy; houston, texas — 2011-12
student pianist within chamber music group

bibliography:

manual; feature; P.96-106, november 2018 — u.s.a

art review magazine; cover, P. 70, may 2017 — united kingdom

double dot magazine; volume 08, p. 54-67 — august 2016 — united kingdom

staple magazine, cover and interview; volume 01, p. 114-133 — march 2016, singapore

loading...journal, cover and feature, volume 01. — june 2016, los angeles, california

text & web publications:

interview with hannah glenn; coeval magazine, november 6, 2018

lucy bourton: "photographer joshua anderson is blurring the lines between surrealism and realism"; its nice that, friday, august 19, 2016

interview "astray in tokyo"; dion ys us — august 13, 2016

lukas korschan: "so simple"; about now — november 2, 2015

cramer patterson: "an Instagram account you don't follow, but should"; global yodel — tuesday, august 13, 2013

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