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Below the Surface: The Chicago River

Join us for an information session where we’ll be talking with Lindsey Higgins about her ongoing project Below the Surface, a documentary project focused on the Chicago River and those who inhabit it. Below the Surface is made on 35mm color film that has been soaked in the river in order to show the effects of pollution due to heavy rains, known as combined sewer overflow. Heavy rains complicate and overwhelm wastewater treatment plants causing untreated water to be released back into the river without any cleaning. The Chicago River experiences heavy rains specifically during the summer recreation season between May and October. In addition to discussing her project, Lindsey will also be sharing helpful advice on how you can take action against combined sewer overflow days as well as her process behind Below the Surface.

Free and open to the public.

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Lindsey Higgins (b. 1994) lives and works in Chicago, IL. She attended Columbia College Chicago and earned a BA with a discipline in fine art photography.