Infinite Bodies and their Aftermath: Summer 2019 Critique Group with Jan Bernabe

Infinite Bodies and their Aftermath: Summer 2019 Critique Group with Jan Bernabe


LATITUDE is excited to announce our summer critique group moderated by Jan Christian Bernabe! This critique group, titled Infinite Bodies and their Aftermath, will be geared toward artists with in-progress lens-based projects looking for critical feedback and engaging discussion about the Body. Jan Christian Bernabe is a scholar and academic who specializes in the history of visual culture studies in the United States as seen through the lens of visual technologies. He will moderate and offer feedback during critique. Participants will be expected to attend all meetings and present new work every other session.

Each meeting, 6 individuals on rotation will be given 20 minutes each for feedback and discussion around their work. Critique group members are also invited to share and discuss readings with the group (e.g. an essay, theory, literary excerpt, a poem, or any piece of text) that in some way influences making, interpreting, or reading visual work.

Critique will be held in 8 sessions, bi-weekly on Tuesdays from 6-9pm (May 14th, May 28th, June 11th, June 25th, July 9th, July 23rd, August 6th, August 20th).  

Cost will be $65 ($50 for students/recent grads) and participants will receive a discount on printing (waived daily membership fee + 15% off all ink charges) throughout the duration of the critique group.

Participation in this critique group will be contingent on a short application process. To apply, please email with 10-15 images of your work pertaining to the body as well as 150 word statement explaining why you think this group is a good fit for your work and what you hope to gain from the experience. If accepted into the group, participants will be sent an invoice to complete payment for the course. Your spot will not be reserved until payment is completed.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Please have all applications materials emailed to by the end of the day Friday May 3rd.

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A Filipinx American genderqueer queer based in Chicago, Jan Christian Bernabe (“he, him, his”) is the Chief Creative & Operations Director and Founder of FLXST Contemporary, a contemporary art space and incubator in the South Loop for emerging and mid-career artists. He is also an educator and scholar, independent curator, and art & culture critic/writer. He has taught courses in art history and visual culture studies, race and representation, and gender and queer studies (among other topics) at the University of Michigan, Cornish College of the Arts, and Whitman College. With a Ph.D. in the Program in American Culture from the University of Michigan, he has written for postions: asia critique, Wasafiri Magazine, Verge: Studies in Global Asias, Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas, the Filipino American Artist Directory and other academic and non-academic outlets.  With the artist-academic Laura Kina, he co-edited Queering Contemporary Asian American Art published by the University of Washington Press (2017) and is at work on the second version of that project. As a scholar and academic, he specializes in the history of visual culture studies in the United States as seen through the lens of visual technologies, like print, photography, film, and most recently, the Internet, as they intersect with representations of bodies and identities. He is also invested in surfacing underrepresented visual makers, whether artists, photographer, or filmmakers, in the research, writing, and curating that he does. As a critic, he is interested in the intersections of Filipinx diasporic art, queer cultural practices, and civic engagement & social justice. When not running FLXST Contemporary or researching and writing about art and photography, Jan serves as a member of the Community Advisory Group for Equality Illinois and as a Core Leader for AFIRE Chicago and supports other local community social justice and arts organizations in Chicago. He is a fierce advocate for LGBTQ+ immigrant rights, racial and economic social justice, and transgender affirming policies for Illinois and across the US.