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Kelly Kristin Jones

Ghost in the throat

Filter Photo is pleased to present Ghost in the throat, a solo exhibition by Chicago-based artist Kelly Kristin Jones.

"The neoclassical white column announces and asserts power specifically white power. Since the founding of our country, this architectural emulation of ancient “culture” has operated as a racially coded signal.

Like the carefully placed column, white women have also served and sustained the mutually constitutive relationship between aesthetics and race.

I use found materials, stage public interventions, and misapply traditional photographic tooling to try to co-opt the tools of the historically advantaged. In repurposing the column and the camera, I bear witness to the privileged narrative that pervades both civic and domestic space.

By leaning into my own matrilineage as well as the history of the photographic medium, I consider the way white women continue to serve themselves by serving the patriarchy."

—Kelly Kristin Jones


Kelly Kristin Jones was raised on the westside of Chicago and received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships including a 2021 Illinois Arts Council Agency Grant, a 2019 Chicago Artists Coalition HATCH residency, LATITUDE residency, and Luminarts Cultural Foundation Project Grant. She was a featured artist in the 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

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

Exhibition Dates: May 5th - June 16th, 2023

Location: Filter Space | 1821 W Hubbard St, Suite 207

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