with additional photos by Paul Mpagi Sepuya and Rineke Dijkstra
“Complicit presents an ethnography of men who have matured past their physical prime, perhaps, but not beyond erotic interest. Morrocco’s models sometimes appear as bashful fragments, their limp forms sunk in a sofa or snarled around a tree. More often they flaunt their undress: one strikes a come-hither pose, and another snubs the camera, as though to test its dedication. The photographer himself emerges as a spectral presence in the series, invading the frame, on occasion, to heed his subjects’ desires. He fondles the jaw of one, paws the buttocks of another. In the collection, he writes of learning from these men how to seduce, to age gracefully, to seize the past: ‘The education I received outweighed anything I had experienced before.’” —Eren Orbey, The New Yorker
Matthew Morrocco is a photographer and multimedia artist living and working in New York City. His work comments on the relationship between sexuality, family, and religion, and explores how the intersection of these entities develops a person's character and identity. Morrocco was granted a Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2016, the Onward Compé Fellowship from Project Basho, Philadelphia in 2015, a Curatorial Fellowship from Columbia University in 2014, an artist fellowship at A Blade of Grass in New York, and an Award for Excellence in Visual Art at NYU in 2013. He did a residency at Picture Berlin in 2011.