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Context 2021

juried by Juli Lowe

Filter Photo is pleased to announce Context 2021, our 7th annual survey exhibition of contemporary photography, juried by Juli Lowe, former director of the Catherine Edelman Gallery.

Juror's Statement

Context 2021 is a reflection of our time: intense, challenging, deliberate, and self-reflective. The photographs featured in this exhibition contemplate life during a pandemic, family heritage, and intimacy while offering hope through community. The images reconstruct traumatic childhood memories and search for identity and belonging within a new culture. Others examine human interaction and the power of touch as well as complex family lineages. They explore challenges within parenthood; the anxieties and fears for our children's well-being and safety. They speak to the Black American experience and unveil the nuanced effects of our global climate crisis. Context 2021 shows a vast array of photographic practices that reveal the common bonds that tie us all together.

Featured Artists

Kalee Appleton

Bremner Benedict

Cody Bratt

Shawn Bush, Honorable Mention

Elizabeth M. Claffey

Julianne Clark

Isabella Convertino

Eli Craven

Michael Darough

Jorge Ariel Escobar

Leslie Fry

Allison Grant

Kayla Suzanne Holdgreve

Emma Creighton Hopson

Ethan Aaro Jones

Tehan Ketema

Jiatong Lu

Noelle McCleaf

Jenny Rafalson

Astrid Reischwitz

Rosalie Rosenthal

Krista Svalbonas

Stephanie Taiber

Rashod Taylor

Anthony R. Vizzari

Sara J. Winston

Iris Wu

Connor Young

Jiawei Zhao, Juror's Choice

Lilia Ziamou

On View: March 26 - May 1, 2021

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

Image © Jiawei Zhao

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

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