What Remains

Museum of Contemporary Photography, 600 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

What Remains

What Remains registers the profound connection between human identity and place through artworks made by artists who are physically dislocated from their home or community. In the exhibition, artists suture together environments that exist across expanses of space or time as they navigate the psychological impact of loss, nostalgia, or longing for a native place. Interlacing novelistic and autobiographical modes of storytelling, each artist expresses the feeling of being distant from some known source of comfort, which persistently exists in one’s consciousness, but cannot be fully reached, only recollected or imagined. Set against volatile political, economic, and natural forces of the late 20th and early 21st century, the exhibition explores feelings of displacement and loss that resonate with circumstances that have been found in contemporary life. At the same time, the exhibition asks questions pondered by individuals throughout human history: Who am I? What has shaped my life? Where do I belong? What Remains is curated by MoCP’s Assistant Curator Allison Grant.

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What Remains

What Remains

What Remains

Museum of Contemporary Photography

What Remains registers the profound connection between human identity and place through artworks made by artists who are physically dislocated from their home or community. ...

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You and Me

You and Me

You and Me

Museum of Contemporary Photography

The MoCP, in partnership with the Goethe Institutes of Chicago and Sarajevo, has commissioned German artist team Oliver Sieber and Katja Stuke to produce a ...

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Video Playlist: An Ordinary Instant

Video Playlist: An Ordinary Instant

Video Playlist: An Ordinary Instant

Museum of Contemporary Photography

Featuring work by: Beatriz Santiago Muñoz Loretta Fahrenholz Nicholas Boone Larissa Lewandowski The imagination not only acts as an escape from the real world, it can also open new ...

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Film Screening: Bridges of Sarajevo (2014)

Film Screening: Bridges of Sarajevo (2014)

Film Screening: Bridges of Sarajevo (2014)

Goethe-Institut Chicago

Thirteen European directors explore the theme of Sarajevo; what this city has represented in European history over the past hundred years, and what Sarajevo stands ...

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Lectures in Photography: Jeffrey Hoone

Lectures in Photography: Jeffrey Hoone

Lectures in Photography: Jeffrey Hoone

Museum of Contemporary Photography

Jeffrey Hoone has served as the Executive Director of Light Work since 1982. Housed in the Robert B. Menschel Media Center at Syracuse University, Light ...

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Dandy Lion: (Re) Articulating Black Masculine Identity

Dandy Lion: (Re) Articulating Black Masculine Identity

Dandy Lion: (Re) Articulating Black Masculine Identity

Museum of Contemporary Photography

Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity seeks to distinguish the historical and contemporary expressions of the Black Dandy phenomenon in popular culture. The first ...

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Past Events

Lectures in Photography: Britt Salvesen

Lectures in Photography: Britt Salvesen

Lectures in Photography: Britt Salvesen

Stage Two

Since 2009, Britt Salvesen has served as the Department Head and Curator of the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography, and the Department Head and Curator ...

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Reading and Discussion: Meena Alexander

Reading and Discussion: Meena Alexander

Reading and Discussion: Meena Alexander

Museum of Contemporary Photography

Acclaimed poet, scholar, and writer Meena Alexander will read from and discuss her work. Alexander was raised in both India and Sudan. Themes of displacement, ...

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Gallery Talk and Opening Reception: What Remains and You and Me

Gallery Talk and Opening Reception: What Remains and You and Me

Gallery Talk and Opening Reception: What Remains and You and Me

Museum of Contemporary Photography

Join us for a gallery talk and opening reception in honor of the What Remains and You and Me exhibitions. Exhibiting artists Barbara ...

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You and Me

You and Me

You and Me

Museum of Contemporary Photography

The MoCP, in partnership with the Goethe Institutes of Chicago and Sarajevo, has commissioned German artist team Oliver Sieber and Katja Stuke to produce a ...

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What Remains

What Remains

What Remains

Museum of Contemporary Photography

What Remains registers the profound connection between human identity and place through artworks made by artists who are physically dislocated from their home or community. ...

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