Lecture in Photography: Christian Boltanski

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Lecture in Photography: Christian Boltanski

Christian Boltanski is one of France’s foremost artists whose installations challenge basic assumptions of what constitutes an artwork. Since the 1960s, he has worked with the ephemera of daily life and human experience, from obituary photographs to rusted biscuit tins, to examine the transitory nature of our life on earth. He employs lights, candles, shadows, and imagery of death in a body of work that is about memory and loss and the relation between life, death, and art.

Lectures in Photography are co-presented by the MoCP and the Department of Photography at Columbia College Chicago. This program is presented in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Visiting Artists Program.

Image credit: Christian Boltanski, Monumenta, 2010. Grand Palais, Paris. Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery. Photo: Didier Plowy

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