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28.08. – 03.10.2020
Filter Photo, Chicago

 
Filter Photo Festival is a multi-day celebration of photography that takes place every autumn in Chicago. The 2020 Festival is September 9 – 13 and will be primarily an online Festival this year due to COVID-19. Online programming includes workshops, portfolio reviews, lectures, and artist talks. Additionally, hybrid online and in-person exhibitions will be hosted at Filter Space gallery in Chicago's West Town neighborhood.

we like small things v.3

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)

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