I have photographed Junk Drawers on and off since 2000. My work explores the persistent mark of individuality in a culture that brands, packages and relentlessly promotes conformity. Even among those who attempt to fit into society, individuals reveal an amazing wealth of information in nearly private spaces, such as junk drawers and medicine cabinets. The revelation of these near-private spaces forces the viewer to contend with the natural desire of humans to collect and categorize, while giving clues about the owner's personality and identity.
Paho Mann's work investigates the physical manifestation of individuality, using both traditional photographic practices and contemporary digital technology. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Walker Art Center, Carnegie Museum of Art, Arizona State University Art Museum, and the Tucson Museum of Art, among others. Mann's work is included in the permanent collections of the Tucson Museum of Art and The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. He has also been commissioned for public art projects by the city of Phoenix. Mann was born in 1978 on his parents' homestead near Snowflake, Arizona. In 1992, he moved with his family to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where in 2001, he received a BFA from the University of New Mexico. He received his MFA from Arizona State University in 2007. Currently, Mann lives and works in Dallas, Texas, where he is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of North Texas.