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Artist Talk: Marzena Abrahamik with Kate O’Neal

Marzena Abrahamik, our February Artist in Residence, will give a presentation on her current body of work, Girl Play, which examines how women are envisioned by art and marijuana culture. One dimensional, stereotypical portrayals of women on marijuana exist, yet it is nearly impossible to visually translate the altered state of consciousness/the experience of marijuana. If memory is flawed with romanticized intoxication does the photograph fail to represent the experience?

The work will be featured in an exhibition at Johalla Projects, opening April 28th.


Marzena Abrahamik
 (b. Poland, grew up in Greece) lives and works in Chicago, IL. She received a MFA in Photography from Yale University and a BA in Political Science and Philosophy from Loyola University. Informed by photography’s ability to fundamentally change our visual sensibility, she questions the operations that have historically defined the feminine as a social category. The resulting photographs are a hybrid of portraits, self portraits, still lifes and landscapes.  She has exhibited nationally and internationally, with highlights including solo show at Johalla Projects 2015, the International Photography Festival, Tel-Aviv, Israel (2014); the Gallery of Classic Photography, Moscow, Russia (2013); Aperture, New York (2013); and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Boone, North Carolina (2012).

Kate O'Neal
BFA, 2005, and MFA, 2013, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Exhibitions: Roots and Culture, Chicago; Rainbo Club, Chicago; Studio 424, Chicago; Lease Agreement, Baltimore; LVL3, Chicago; EXPO, Chicago; Johalla Projects, Chicago; dreck.co.uk; Noble and Superior Projects, Chicago. Lectures: EMP Pop Music Conference, Seattle, WA. Bibliography: New City; Hyperallergic.com; catalogue essay, Almost Ergonomic; Chicago Contemporary Art Seminar; Chicago Talks; Bad At Sports; Art Talk Chicago. Publications: MILD VILNC 03. Residencies: Every house has a door Instagram Residency; 8550 Ohio, Chesterhill, OH; ACRE, Steuben, WI. Awards: John Quincy Adams MFA Fellowship.