Hannah Altman


Filter Photo is pleased to present Kavan, a solo exhibition by Hannah Altman. 

Jewish thought suggests that the memory of an action is as primary
as the action itself. This is to say that when my hand is wounded, I
remember other hands. I trace ache back to other aches—my mother grabbing my wrist pulling me across the intersection; my great-grandmother’s fingers numb on the ship headed towards Cuba, fleeing the Nazis; Miriam’s palms pouring water for the Hebrews in the desert. This is how a Jew understands action.


Because no physical space is a given for the Jewish diaspora, time and the rituals that steep into it, are centered as a mode of carrying on. The bloodline of a folktale, an object, a ritual, pulses through interpretation and enactment.


In this work, Altman explore notions of Jewish memory, narrative
heirlooms, and image making; the works position themselves in the
past as memories, in the present as stories being told, and in the
future as actions to interpret and repeat. To approach an image in
this way is not only to ask what it looks like but to ask: what does it
remember like?

Hannah Altman is a Jewish-American artist from New Jersey. She
holds an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Through
photographic based media, her work interprets relationships between gestures, the body, lineage, and interior space.
She has recently exhibited with the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Blue Sky Gallery, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and Junior High Gallery. Her work has been published in the Carnegie Museum of Art Storyboard, Vanity Fair, Huffington Post, and British Journal of Photography, among others. She is the 2019 recipient of the Bertha Anolic Israel Travel Award. She has delivered lectures on her work and research across the country, including Yale University and the Society for Photographic Education National Conference.

This exhibition is partially sponsored by The Illinois Arts Council Agency and a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.

Exhibition Dates: June 25 – July 31, 2021
Opening Reception: June 25, 6 – 9 pm
Location: Filter Space | 1821 W. Hubbard St., Ste. 207
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 11 am – 5 pm | Saturday, 12 - 4 pm


Filter Space

1821 W Hubbard St | Suite 207

Chicago | Illinois | 60622



Monday - Friday | 11am - 5pm 

Saturday | by appointment

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Filter Photo is partly supported by grants from The MacArthur Funds for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council Agency, a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, The Fogelson Family Foundation, and The Halo Hill Charitable Fund.