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Opening Passages: Photographers Respond to Chicago and Paris – Build Chicago

April 29, 2024 - May 10, 2024

A young woman sits at a long table facing the camera. She wears a button down striped shirt and glasses.
Sasha Phyars-Burgess, Untitled and yet to be determined, 48.9109°N, 2.5461°E -Sira, Ateliers Médicis, Clichy sous-bois, 2023.

This pop-up installation presented at BUILD Chicago is part of a city-wide, multi-site photographic exhibition featuring recent works by ten American and French artists who are interested in the dynamic social landscapes of Chicago and Paris. Selections from all participating artists are currently on view together downtown at the Chicago Cultural Center, while site-specific installations like this one highlight intersections between artists whose work resonates with similar themes or particular areas within each city.

Both Sasha Phyars-Burgess and Karim Kal embrace traditional black-and-white photography to explore the urban environment and the communities that live within it. Both artists have photographs on display that were created in Greater Paris, while many of the images by Phyars-Burgess were created here in Austin from 2018–19 while she worked with two local Heartland Alliance programs, READI Chicago and Mae Suites, through the Diane Dammeyer Fellowship in Photographic Arts and Social Issues.

 

KARIM KAL   

Born in 1977 in Geneva, Switzerland

Lives and works in Lyon, France and Algeria

2017 laureate of the national photographic commission Regards du Grand Paris (views of the Grand Paris), led by the Ateliers Médicis in collaboration with the National Center for Visual Arts (Cnap).

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Karim Kal’s black-and-white photographs critically examine areas left behind by the great urbanist and political projects of the past. Exploring the city at night, the artist uses a short-range flash to capture deserted spaces on the margins within working-class areas of Paris. The abstraction within his images invites us to delve into the intricacies of traces and visual clues. The series roughly follows a path along D line of the Paris metropolitan and regional rail system (RER), cutting through the center of Paris to access socio neighborhoods north and south of the city. Despite the apparent emptiness within the images, the objects and visual elements that are present—a dilapidated wall, graffiti, wild grass—offer clues not only to socio-economic tensions but also to the life that permeates this landscape.

 

SASHA PHYARS-BURGESS

Born in 1988 in Brooklyn, New York (USA)

Lives and works in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (USA)

UNTITLED AND YET TO BE DETERMINED, 41.8949° N, 87.7654° W (AUSTIN)

UNTITLED AND YET TO BE DETERMINED, 48.9109° N, 2.5461° E (CLICHY-SOUS-BOIS)

Invited in 2022 to benefit from a creative immersion residency at Ateliers Médicis

During her 2023 residency in Clichy-sous-Bois, Sasha Phyars-Burgess set up a darkroom at a local community center, where she processed large-format black-and-white film negatives. Alongside her own work, however, she ran regular workshops, teaching youths and other residents at the center traditional photography techniques. Many of these people also became the subjects in her work, reflecting her combined process of art-making and community-building. She adopted this same approach several years earlier in the South Austin neighborhood of Chicago, where she mentored youth through a video production group at READI Chicago. Her video, Hail Mary, blends footage of READI participant DJ Looney Givenchy (Steve Walker) with clips she had gathered around Austin. Phyars-Burgess’s work rewards sustained looking, capturing moments that reverberate with presence and grace. 

 

Opening Passages is produced by Villa Albertine and is part of Art Design Chicago, a citywide collaboration initiated by the Terra Foundation for American Art that highlights the city’s artistic heritage and creative communities.

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Start:
April 29, 2024
End:
May 10, 2024
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Free Admission

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Region
West Side
Audience
Life-long Learners, Scholars, Teens
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Free Admission
Event Topics
Art Education, Environment, Public Art, Racial Identity, Social Justice

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BUILD Chicago
Austin Headquarters, 5100 W. Harrison St.,
Chicago, IL 60644
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