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Resilient Images: Justine Pluvinage and David Schariol

The two lens-based artists David Schalliol (Chicago/Minneapolis) and Justine Pluvinage (Paris) individually present their work resulting from a two-year international residency exchange project in collaboration with the Centre régional de la photographie Nord—Pas-de-Calais (CRP) located in the North of France.

The exhibition “Resilient Images” is the result of two eight-week residencies during which the artists developed site-specific, research-based projects focused around engagement with new communities and investigation of current social and political conditions in Chicago and Douchy-les-Mines, France.

After spending several weeks conducting interviews in Chicago, Pluvinage has developed a new video work which will be projected onto the digital façade of the Art Center for the exhibition. Featuring women striding purposefully and alone through the city, each step they make embodies equal access, the right to protest and the liberty to move within public space. The video references freedoms that, while guaranteed to all, are still deeply contested in our sociopolitical landscape.

During his residency in the Hauts-de-France region, a post-mining landscape in the north of France, photographer and sociologist Schalliol documented his encounters with spaces haunted by emblems of the region’s industrial past. Nearly thirty photographs from the series “Mining Basin” present the energy of the people from this region and introduce portraiture into Schalliol’s art work. With the notion of human resilience at the center of the exhibition, Schalliol and Pluvinage mine the ways in which people have coped with and adapted to a rapidly transforming reality, due to financial, political or social change.

“Resilient Images” Public Programs

All events take place at Hyde Park Art Center and are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Jan 14, 2:00 pm | Micro-Talks by “Resilient Images” Artists and Curators 

Jan 14, 3:00 pm | Public Reception for the Exhibition supported by the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Chicago

      > Featuring a performance by Chicago artist FM Supreme at 4 p.m.

Feb 27, 6:00 pm | Public Talk

      > Featuring David Schalliol in conversation with a noted geographer to address how changes in our post-industrial landscape alter communities.