Book Talk: "Kipuka - Hawaii and Fukushima" with Ai Iwane
Nov
22
6:30 PM18:30

Book Talk: "Kipuka - Hawaii and Fukushima" with Ai Iwane

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Hawaii and Fukushima: two lands sharing one soulful dance.

Every summer at different times from June to August, some ninety Buddhist temples throughout Hawaii host the bon dance, a festival for honoring one’s ancestors that was begun by Japanese settlers carrying on the customs of their homeland. From the red glowing chochin lanterns to the exuberant array of yukata kimono and happi jackets worn by festivalgoers thronging a central bandstand tower, the spirit of Japan comes alive on Hawaiian soil on these nights. Moving in pure, reverent homage toward their forebears who persevered through backbreaking plantation labor and the hardships of World War II, the dancers pour out their souls in steps that have been lovingly passed down through the generations.

For some dozen years photographer Ai Iwane has been fascinated by Hawaiian bon dance, and especially by the song in it called “Fukushima Ondo,” which is based on the “Soma Bon Uta” from the area of Fukushima that was ravaged by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster.

Kipuka is her debut collection and the culmination of that longtime fascination: photographs of the bon festivals of both lands taken from 2006 in Hawaii and from 2011 in Fukushima. As captured through Iwane’s limpid gaze, the visions of these dancers moving their bodies in the shadow of the overpowering majesty of nature testify to the vibrant links between past and present and remind us of the dignity, strength, and essence of human life.

A century has passed since that song was brought from Fukushima to Hawaii, exiled from the hometown that it shares with the refugees.The Hawaiian term refers to a place surrounded by the burnt-out traces of lava flow; a place where plants grow and spread the seeds of new life. This is the idea that I resorted to time and again during my travels between Hawaii and Fukushima.

—KIPUKA

The town of sugarcane fields that the Japanese immigrants once built has disappeared without a trace, and so have the people in the area around the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Plant. The song that has survived amidst the repeated loss and elimination, like the seeds of life of us who have survived as well, has left its hometown, only to spread again and ultimately turn the black earth back into a forest.

Artist Biography:

Ai Iwane was born in Tokyo. From 1991 she studied abroad at Petrolia High School in California, where she pursued an off-the-grid, self-sustaining lifestyle. On returning to Japan she became a photography assistant before turning independent in 1996. In addition to magazine- and music-related work she has traveled around the world covering niche communities such as the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa, Philippines (2010), the Nikulin Circus in Russia (2011), and the Sanxia Taipei Veterans Home in Taiwan (2012). Concerned with Japanese Hawaiian culture since 2006, she currently engages in exploring the immigrant ties between Hawaii and Fukushima, where she set up a base in Miharu-cho in 2013.

Read our Q&A with Ai Iwane here.

This book talk is free and open to the public.

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Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

Filling in the Gaps with Personal Archives

Images by Jonas Becker

Images by Jonas Becker

Filling in the Gaps with Personal Archives, a two-day info session with Jonas Becker, will integrate technical training with lively conversation about what it means to archive photographs. Come with your found photos, family archive or other images and learn how to preserve the physical materials as well as how to digitize these images. More broadly we will discuss everyday strategies for preserving your own archive through documenting information and images.

On the first day of the workshop, Jonas will present on a few archives of note and lead a discussion on what the significance of personal archives are, particularly expanding the accessibility of these to promote a more diverse history. The second day LATITUDE will provide an Epson V750 for visitors to scan items and participants will leave with the start of their own personal archive!

Free and open to the public.
1st session: Friday November 8th, 6-9pm
2nd session: Saturday November 9th, 1-3pm


Jonas Becker is an interdisciplinary visual artist whose work explores how various sets of beliefs—from social histories to collective desires to scientific hypotheses—form around specific sites and geographies. Becker’s projects span video installation, photography, sculpture, and community engagement. Becker has exhibited internationally, most recently in solo shows at the Craft & Folk Art Museum, LAXART, and Shulamit Nazarian in Los Angeles, and the Lancaster Museum of Art & History. Becker was born in Morgantown, WV, and lives and works in Chicago, IL. He holds an MFA from UC Irvine and a BA from Smith College.

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Photocena 2019
Oct
29
6:30 PM18:30

Photocena 2019

Adriano Machado

Adriano Machado

When: Tuesday, October 29th, 6:30-9pm
Where: LATITUDE Chicago
Free to the public

Photocena 2019 is an artistic and educational project aimed at the circulation of three Bahian photographers, including: Adriano Machado, Yasmin Nogueira and Caroline Lima, at art events in the United States, programmed by Juci Reis of Flotar. The project is an extension of the program of Close to There, an artistic exchange between Chicago, USA and Salvador, Brazil, funded by the MacArthur Foundation, with Chicago-based Comfort Station. Its central concept is the dissemination of contemporary Bahian photography in the United States, on October 29, 2019, through a series of discussions at LATITUDE.

This event will showcase the work of these three photographers through the installation of a “process table” as well as a performance. The artists will exhibit their series of images, showing the procedures, methods and materials used to construct visual narratives based on the relationships between black people's identities through research into memory, fiction, gender, territory and visual representations in photography.

1 - Process table

This table introduces their artistic process through a series of photographs, which use elements of daily life in the cities of Salvador and Bahia to reinvent their territory through the fictional gaze and memory of black people to investigate identity, body, space.

The process table will present materials (objects ranging from ribbons, fabrics, plastics, everyday pickings) and route documents related to the photographs displayed in the projection. From this exercise, the photographer will narrate their poetic path in the construction of images.

2 - Presentation of Performance "Ajeum para Ancestrais"

Ajeum para Ancestrais reflects on the ancestors that the artist did not know, the erasure of memory makes one not go far in a family tree, especially when thinking about black women. Little is known who they were, what they lived, where they came from. The violence of canceling these names perpetuates the impossibility of rescuing them. The historical anonymous figures of black women, recorded in nineteenth-century photographs, are thought of as ancestors, worshipable beings. After the performance presentation, the artist will exhibit and discuss her creative processes about the subjectivities found in different narratives of life experiences of black women in the Brazilian context, as well as their autobiographical fragments.

This project is curated by Juci Reis and Jordan Martins. It has the financial support of the Bahia Culture Secretariat, Mobility Call 1st Call, 2019, and the MacArthur Foundation International Connections Fund.

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Oct
22
6:00 PM18:00

DePaul Public Newsroom #10: Everything You Need to Know about FOIA

Image by LATITUDE

Image by LATITUDE

As a part of their Public Newsroom series, 14 East Magazine and the DePaul chapter of SPJ/ONA will be collaborating with LATITUDE for an information session on FOIA requesting work for research-based projects. DePaul University's senior journalist in residence, Peabody and Emmy-award winning reporter Chris Bury, and chair of Journalism Jason Martin will be leading a conversation about what the Freedom of Information Act is and how it works as well as leading participants in their own FOIA requests. Participants will be able to ask questions and get one-on-one guidance about how to use FOIA requests in their journalistic, artistic or otherwise research-based projects.

Free and open to the public.


Chris Bury is the senior journalist in residence at DePaul University with over 30 years in the field at various networks and publications, including ABC News, Nightline, Al Jazeera America and WYCC-TV (PBS) in Chicago.

Jason Martin is an associate professor and the chair of the Journalism program in DePaul's College of Communication. He teaches courses in media law and ethics, First Amendment law, and data journalism public records reporting.

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FLXST Opening Reception: Infinite Bodies and Their Aftermath
Sep
28
6:00 PM18:00

FLXST Opening Reception: Infinite Bodies and Their Aftermath

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Location: FLXST Contemporary, 2251 S. Michigan Ave, Suite 220 (on S. Michigan Ave between Cermak and 23rd Street).
Time: 6-8pm

"Infinite Bodies and Their Aftermath" is a group show comprised of photographs produced by students who enrolled in LATITUDE Chicago's critique group of the same name during Summer 2019. The photographs exhibited and their presentations are a result of seven weeks spread across three months of critical feedback on the students’ work. The thread that ties all the work is the theme of "Bodies"—bodies in their infinite incarnations of visuality. The show captures the figurative and conceptual possibilities when "bodies" are at the center of photographic production.

A question posed to the critique group at the start of the session, in light of the multitude of photographs of bodies by photographers of every kind was: "How might we begin to work through photography’s inspiring, weighty, and sometimes disturbing relationship to the human form, past, present, and into the photographic horizon?" The students’ work grapples with the photographic archives and, in doing so, is creating a fresh way to think about the human form. Indeed, for the students, "bodies" matter significantly to photography, as subjects and agents of photographic production. The photographers did not create their photographs in a vacuum. That is, each photographer is highly aware of the heightened scrutiny of bodies in the present moment. Whether these bodies are black and brown, queer, immigrant, dis/abled, bodies of all sizes, the critique group thought through the weightiness of these and other bodies (or what we called infinite bodies) as they intersect with an understanding of photography and photographic practice.

Photographers include:

  • Adam Schachner

  • Sarah Baranski

  • Harrison Huse

  • Lauren Grudzien

  • Sara Palomo

  • Sarah Pfhol

  • Michael Weinberg

For more information about the show, email info@flxst.co or call 774-413-8030.

In collaboration with LATITUDE Chicago.

Event photograph: Harrison Huse, "Self Reflection," Printed on Hahnemuhle Metallic paper, 2019.

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PRINTING PERFORMANCE: Performance Lecture with Marcela Torres
Sep
27
6:00 PM18:00

PRINTING PERFORMANCE: Performance Lecture with Marcela Torres

PRINTING PERFORMANCE is an artist talk, performance lecture, and tour of LATITUDE's printing resources through the viewpoint of resident artist Marcela Torres. Torres' performance practice has largely focused on the physicality of existing within bodies marked by diaspora. Largely using Martial Arts as a movement structure to depict and unravel self defense, risk and social responsibility, PRINTING PERFORMANCE will employ the language of photo printing as a format to speak about performances long standing relationship to documentation. Both are time based technical practices balancing between permanence and ephemerality. This event will be a performance as much as it is a tour or participatory game or workout. Arrive ready to sweat a lil, learn how to throw a punch, watch sport clips and learn what a platen gap is.

Note: A photographer will be present to document this event. Guests attending may appear in photos.

Free and open to the public.

Portrait of Marcela Torres

Portrait of Marcela Torres

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Artist Talk with Jennifer Ray
Aug
23
6:00 PM18:00

Artist Talk with Jennifer Ray

Join us with our August Artist in Residence Jennifer Ray as she discusses her recent projects Go Deep Into The Woods and In Range, along with new work in progress.

Jennifer Ray is a Wichita-based artist and educator. She received her MFA in Photography from Columbia College and BA in Studio Art from Oberlin College.

Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Museo del Barro, the Fundación Bienal Asunción, and the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. It was selected for the 1st Asunción Biennial (Paraguay) and Bienal de Curitiba (Brazil), and has been exhibited at the RISD Museum of Art, the Chelsea Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Hyde Park Art Center, and Chicago Cultural Center, among other venues. Her work is included in the Collector's Guide to New Art Photography, published by Humble Arts Foundation. She’s received research grants from the Illinois Arts Council, Columbia College, the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, Oberlin College, and Wichita State University. She is currently Assistant Professor of Photo Media at Wichita State University.

Read our interview with Jennifer Ray here.

Free and open to the public.

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Artist Residency Info Session: Writing an Artist Statement
Aug
22
6:30 PM18:30

Artist Residency Info Session: Writing an Artist Statement

Artists, especially photographers, often struggle when writing about their own work. At LATITUDE's Artist Statement Conversation, Colleen Keihm will be reviewing and offering insight into the artist statement in the hope of demystifying the difficulty and/or fear that comes with writing. Led through group discussion participants can read through successful statements and work towards finding an appropriate voice that matches their artistic style.

Visitors to the conversation are encouraged to bring a piece of their own writing for peer review!

Free and open to the public.

Please email any questions to colleen@latitudechicago.org.

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Recent Grad Workshop: Marketing Yourself
Aug
10
1:00 PM13:00

Recent Grad Workshop: Marketing Yourself

You’ve done the work and now it’s time to promote yourself. What is your personal brand? What makes you stand out? These questions, daunting to some, are not as complicated to answer as you might think.

In this segment of our Recent Graduate event series, our Communications Coordinator Ryan Thiel will host a discussion about the essential ways to think about marketing yourself to prospective jobs, clients, and/or publications. Topics of discussion will include:

  • Pitching your work

  • Portfolios

  • Networking

  • Using social media

While all of the above topics are beneficial to learn about regardless of your graduation status, feel free to bring other questions or topics to discuss!

This event will take place at LATITUDE and is free and open to the public.

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Recent grads receive 50% off the daily membership fee and 15% off ink charges. Discounts are valid for one year after graduation. Proof of graduation required. View our membership costs here.



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Info Session: Artist Residency Application
Aug
8
6:30 PM18:30

Info Session: Artist Residency Application

LATITUDE's Executive Director Colleen Keihm will be hosting an info session regarding the requirements to become an Artist in Residence. She will be in the lab to answer questions, give a tour of the space, and offer insight into the residency.

Free and open to the public.

Please email any questions to colleen@latitudechicago.org.

June Artist in Residence KT Duffy

June Artist in Residence KT Duffy

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BOY, BYE: Collaborative on-site collage with Kelly Kristin Jones
Jul
25
6:00 PM18:00

BOY, BYE: Collaborative on-site collage with Kelly Kristin Jones

This event has been rescheduled to Thursday, July 25th, 6-8pm. (Originally July 18th).

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue... pillaged the land he found, enslaved the people he encountered and orchestrated mass genocide. Join our July Artist in Residence Kelly Kristin Jones at the contested Christopher Columbus monument in Arrigo Park to perform a variety of photographic exercises to heal the landscape. Participants will have the opportunity to create a custom “dodging tool” and collaborate with Kelly to perform an in-camera collage on-site.

Attendees are encouraged to participate! Due to space, light and time restraints, a maximum of 15 people will be able to participate in the activity, but all are encouraged to attend.

Kelly Kristin Jones uses her photo-based installation work as a vehicle to explore competing narratives within urban cultural landscapes. She received an MFA in Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and served as a Post-MFA Faculty Fellow at the University of Georgia. Kelly has completed residencies at MASS MoCA, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Emory University, and ACRE. Her current work with contested US monument sites has been exhibited at museums, galleries, and universities across the US. Kelly is a 2018 - 2019 HATCH Artist Resident at Chicago Art Coalition. Read our full Q&A with Kelly here.

This event will take place at Christopher Columbus Monument in Arrigo Park and is free and open to the public.

Thursday, July 25th, 6-8pm

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Recent Grad Workshop: Paper, Color, & Technical Tips
Jul
13
12:00 PM12:00

Recent Grad Workshop: Paper, Color, & Technical Tips

Furthering your artistic practice after graduation can take many shapes, and we’re proud to offer access to high end printing and scanning equipment and educational resources to our community of artists, photographers, and enthusiasts in Chicago.

In this segment of our Recent Graduate event series, our Technical Director Alex Wieder will host a discussion regarding some of the technical aspects of furthering your artistic practice, including:

  • Different inkjet printing processes

  • File management best practices

  • Why color management matters

  • What substrates to use and when

  • Defining “Archival”

  • Open vs. Limited editions (and limited signed prints)

While all of the above topics are beneficial to learn about regardless of your graduation status, feel free to bring other questions or topics to discuss! We’ll be tailoring the content of this technical discussion to the wants and needs of the group. We can talk about portfolio strategies, web presence, digital display, and whatever else you’re interested in!

This event will take place at LATITUDE and is free and open to the public.

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Recent grads receive 50% off the daily membership fee and 15% off ink charges. Discounts are valid for one year after graduation. Proof of graduation required. View our membership costs here.



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Buttons for Eyes: Artist Talk with Priya Kambli
Jun
28
6:00 PM18:00

Buttons for Eyes: Artist Talk with Priya Kambli

 
Images by Priya Kambli

Images by Priya Kambli

Join us on Friday, June 28 at 6pm for an intimate conversation with our June Artist in Residence, Priya Kambli! Creatively interpreting and publicly resolving issues relating to migration and the challenges of cross-cultural understanding is an innate part of Priya’s professional work. During this event, Priya will discuss the various ways we engage viewers with our own responses to the heightened anti-immigrant rhetoric.

Priya Kambli received her BFA at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette and an MFA from the University of Houston. She is currently Professor of Art at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. Kambli’s artwork has been well received, having been exhibited, published, collected and reviewed in the national and international photographic community. The success of Kambli’s work underlines the fact that she is engaged in an important dialogue, and reinforces her intent to make work driven by a growing awareness of the importance of many voices from diverse perspectives and the political relevance of our private struggles.

Along with her talk, Priya will be showcasing new prints created during her residency from her recent series Buttons for Eyes.

This event will take place at LATITUDE and is free and open to the public.

Read our full Q&A with Priya Kambli.

 
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