Location: FLXST Contemporary, 2251 S. Michigan Ave, Suite 220 (on S. Michigan Ave between Cermak and 23rd Street).
"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.
For more information about the show, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 774-413-8030.
In collaboration with LATITUDE Chicago.
Event photograph: Harrison Huse, "Self Reflection," Printed on Hahnemuhle Metallic paper, 2019.