Collaborating with the Archive

Juried by Mary Statzer


Filter Photo is pleased to announce Collaborating with the Archive, a call for photography-based work juried by Mary Statzer. There will be an opening reception, in conjunction with we like small things v.4, on September 24th during the 2021 Filter Photo Festival.


For many of us, there is a primal instinct to gather, collect, and analyze the objects and histories left behind by our communities and families. Archives are a map of our collective past in addition to our personal histories. As we contemplate our place in history and consider our way forward, artists have begun to unpack a multitude of archives, honoring this material as both an homage to our varied legacies as well as a conceptual point of departure in the creation of new work. Often this work leads to new archives as we consider our interconnectedness, mapping and connecting past and present, place, and time.
As a group exhibition, Collaborating with the Archive is an opportunity to explore the ongoing archive research, creation, and mapping that has become an important part of contemporary art practices. Juror, Mary Statzer, will consider all photography-based work created by artists working with or from archives or archival material. 

Important Dates

July 10th – Submissions Due
End of July – Artists Notified
September 11th – Work due to Filter Space gallery

Image Credits: Cody Bratt and Gary Edward Blum

Mary Statzer is Curator of Prints and Photographs at University of New Mexico Art Museum. She organizes exhibitions in all mediums and from UNMAM’s permanent collection. Statzer has written for Aperture magazine and edited a multi-author book titled, The Photographic Object 1970. She brought Jess T. Dugan and Vanessa Fabbre’s exhibition, To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults, to UNMAM. Her other recent lens-based exhibitions include Patrick Nagatani: A Survey of Early Photographs and Please Enjoy and Return: Bruce Conner Films from the Sixties. She is currently developing a virtual platform for artist/museum engagement that will feature multi-media artist and writer, Rose B. Simpson (Santa Clara Pueblo, NM), in its first adaptation. Statzer holds an MFA in printmaking from Arizona State University and PhD in art history with specialties in the history of photography and museum studies from University of Arizona.

This exhibition is partially sponsored by The Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Exhibition DatesSeptember 24 – October 30, 2021
Opening Reception: September 24, 6 - 9 pm CT
Location: Filter Space | 1821 W. Hubbard St., Ste. 207
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 11 am – 5 pm | Saturday, 12 - 4 pm