A hole’s made of itself features the work of Priya Kambli and Mel Keiser in an intimate exhibition that explores the relationship of self to society, family, and ultimately self. Working with photography in visually distinct ways, both artists examine the role they play in the larger arena of the social construct of self, desiring to reconcile identity and relationships within a kind of personal void. Kambli and Keiser respectively use mark making, patterning, objects, and installation to disrupt the indexical quality of the photograph and re-contextualize identity along new avenues of personal narrative.


Priya Kambli’s work in this exhibition is from her Kitchen Gods series, “Before I emigrated my sister and I split our photographic inheritance arbitrarily and irreparably in half – one part to remain in India with her and the other to be displaced along with me, here in America. For the past decade this archive of my family photographs has been one of my main source materials in creating bodies of work, which explore the genre of personal narrative. In my work I re-contextualize the familial qualities of these materials for my own artistic and creative purposes, but also as a way of embellishing my past and connecting it to the present.”


Mel Keiser’s work looks at self-identity through the lens of concepts borrowed from quantum physics, ontology, and philosophy—concepts like viscosity, non-locality, and interobjectivity. In her work, self-identity becomes a force flowing to warp the world around her; an average of undulating potentialities; and an enmeshed system of shifting contexts and perspectives. Her pieces in A hole’s made of itself blend the indexes of family photos and domestic spaces, multiplying the number of selves Keiser represents as she investigates the intorted and recursive question: is identity a unity or a system of discrete selves?


Exhibition Dates: December 2 – December 31, 2016
Opening Reception: December 2 | 6pm – 9pm
Location: Filter Space 1821 W. Hubbard St., Ste. 207
Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday 11am – 5pm


Filter Photo is proud to acknowledge the support of the David C. & Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation and a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events in producing this exhibition.


Filter Space

1821 W Hubbard St | Suite 207

Chicago | Illinois | 60622



Monday - Friday | 11am - 5pm 

Saturday | 12 pm - 4 pm

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Filter Photo is partly supported by grants from The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture 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, The Hegner Family Foundation, and Art Works of the National Endowment for the Arts.