Kirra Cheers (1987) is a photographer/director whose work explores themes of connection and sexuality within an urban dating culture. Originally from Australia, Kirra now lives and works in New York City. Since the viral success of her breakthrough project, Tinderella, Kirra was named ‘Young Creative Australian of the Year’ in the field of photography by Lost at E Minor and has spoken on numerous occasions about dating in a digital world. Her client list includes; Gucci, Marc Jacobs, John Hardy and Rachel Zoe. Her most recent project ‘The List’ was published as a book and adapted for theatre.
• Creator/producer/director of ‘The List’
• Interviewed by BBC television about dating in a digital world
• Named ‘Young Creative Australian of the Year’ by Lost at E Minor
• Interview for ‘Professional Photography’ magazine in their ‘top expert – round table’ discussion forum on Viral Photography
• Featured speaker at the ‘Blow Up’ event on ‘Viral Photography – run by Feature Shoot
• Regular contributor to Refinery 29
• Featured in the New York Times
• Guest speaker for the BBC radio series ‘The Digital Human’
• Artist/Curator for a group show depicting ‘Modern Romance’ at Sky Gallery in Brooklyn – an initiative of The Brooklyn Collective
• Work published by; Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Refinery 29, Nerve, Junkee, Cosmopolitan Magazine, ABC, Elite Daily, Feature Shoot, Daily Mail, Sunday Telegraph, Peta Pixel, i-Ref, Business Insider, A Plus, Edition F
• Major Award Winner at the International Aperture Awards in Photojournalism
• 1st Place in the Ilford National Photography Competition
• Australian Institute of Photography Travel Scholarship Winner
• Site Unseen Finalist
“Kirra Cheers is the definitive artist covering social media and its effect on modern sexuality and the urban dating culture. In her groundbreaking treatise, Tinderella, she exposes the underbelly of Tinder and its transformative effect on communication and interaction in the age of the iPhone. It’s an explosive mix of high-concept self-awareness and low-brow interaction, where she reveals that which is often-experienced but rarely documented.
She continues her exploration in The List, expanding on her insights from Tinderella by transforming the digitality of modern life into a voyeuristic examination that splinters the ego into one-part narcissism and one-part disconnection, resulting in a series that is at once gripping and reflective of the changes taking place throughout greater society.
Her ability to draw out the brash vulnerability of her generation is profoundly unique and fundamentally incomparable. There simply is no one else who offers the same insights.” - Spencer Lum