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we like small things v.3

Filter Photo is pleased to present we like small things v.3, juried by Roula Seikaly. Join us for a reception concurrent with our other exhibition, Interior Life, on September 11th, 5 – 9 pm.

Participating Artists

Christopher Barrett
Gary Beeber
Slim Blanks
Andy Nicole Dennis
Atefeh Farajolahzadeh
Jamil Fatti
Daniel George
Denis Gillingwater
Claudia Ruiz Gustafson
Ileana Hernandez
Michael Joseph
Jordanna Kalman
Lori Kella
Edyta Kielian
Kerry D. Lehmann

Rita Maas
Stefan Petranek
Sarah Pfohl
Tamara Suarez Porras
Maggie Preston
Hugo Zelada Romero 
Iris Brito Stevens
Noah S. Thompson
John Unwin
Jose Velazco
Kelly Xintaris
Ramona Yeefah 
Marko Zink
Lila Zotou


we like small things v.3 opens as inconceivably large events shape our every thought and action. It may take years – possibly decades – to absorb any creative content produced in 2020 through lenses other than those ground by a global pandemic and a long-overdue social reckoning with systemic racism. This is the zeitgeist.

Photography slows time but does not stop it. With that in mind, the photographs displayed here coalesce to convey temporal passage. Some capture close observations of life’s most minute details, graceful and perhaps cut with unseen anxiety or tedium. It is time as we experience it now: outdoors, enjoying the midday heat with an intimate, or indoors while watching spring and summer light move across the walls; intimacy filtered through barriers that both protect and isolate us.

Other images revive a sense of our former lives: a speeding subway car, an absurdist photoshoot, or a gathering that draws thousands of participants into close contact who have no knowledge of the viral invasion that awaits. Still, other images suggest experimentation with unfamiliar ideas and expressive tests that may sustain the makers for the duration.

As a whole, the images comprising we like small things v.3 craft a visual timeline of life as it was, and as it is amidst unrivaled socio-political upheaval. What remains to be seen is all that comes of this learning, and unlearning, and what registers in the collective photographic mind as life winds its way to a familiar rhythm.

Roula Seikaly

Exhibition Dates: August 28 – October 3, 2020

Exhibition Reception: September 11, 5 – 9 pm

Location: Filter Space | 1821 W. Hubbard St., Ste. 207

LOCATION

Filter Space

1821 W Hubbard St | Suite 207

Chicago | Illinois | 60622

312.248.1961

HOURS

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, and The Hegner Family Foundation.