Rachel Stern (b. 1989, NYC) is a photographer whose work considers the intersection of beauty and power. Using materials culled from suburban strip malls she creates images which enter into an accessible discourse and, in the spirit of ‘bread and roses’, demand immediate access to beauty. Her work is a kitsch paradise, a queer-washed history, and an attempt at hope. She received her BFA in Photography and the History of Art and Visual Culture in 2011 from the Rhode Island School of Design, attended Skowhegan in 2014, and graduated from Columbia University in 2016 with an MFA in Visual Arts.