Catherine Edelman Gallery
Gift, Gallery & Art
1637 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
Open to the public during our normal hours (Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5:30pm). Appointments are available, but not required. To make an appointment, please email email@example.com.
The below reservation link is for our Gallery Tour on October 3 at 10am, registration is required:
Keliy Anderson-Staley, Omar Imam, and Rubén Martín de Lucas
"For more than fifteen years, Keliy Anderson-Staley [b. 1977, Boston, MA] has been working on [Hyphen]-Americans, a photographic tintype portrait series that encapsulates what America looks like today. Using a large-format camera, Anderson-Staley photographs anyone interested in having their portrait taken, regardless of age, sex, or ethnicity, as she continually adds to her collection of more than 4000 portraits. In 2017, after her Houston home and studio were flooded by Hurricane Harvey, she created Shelter in Place, a wooden house constructed of 560 portraits of local residents, as a testament to the strength and resilience of Houstonians. The idea of building a house of strangers redefines the concept of home.
In 2012, Syrian activist turned photographer Omar Imam [b. 1979 Damascus, Syria] was kidnapped and tortured by a militia and only let go when a friend intervened. Soon after, Imam left Damascus, first settling in Beirut, and now residing in Amsterdam with his wife and children. Syrialism is Imam’s response to the reality of torture experienced by himself and other refugees who settled in Lebanon and other European countries. Like his earlier work, Imam met and talked with numerous refugees who had been abducted, recreating painful memories to bring awareness about the psychological and physical torment that continues today. No longer able to live in their native homelands, each person pictured has had to adopt a new place to call home.
Rubén Martín de Lucas’ [b. 1977, Madrid, Spain] work challenges the concept of home by constructing arbitrary boundaries in unexpected places. In Minimal Republics, he creates photographs about the concept of borders and our need for the structure they provide. Martín de Lucas creates each image the same: define and allocate 100㎡ of space and inhabit it for 24 hours. From wheat fields to soccer fields to expanses of dried earth, unidentified pieces of land are transformed into a temporary residence for one."
We will be hosting two virtual events and one in-person event:
- Friday, September 25 from 12-1pm (virtual)
Artist Talk: Keliy Anderson-Staley, Omar Imam, and Rubén Martín de Lucas.
Join us via Zoom for a live conversation between artists Keliy Anderson-Staley, Omar Imam, and Rubén Martín de Lucas, who are all featured in the exhibition ""What is Home?"". The artists will be discussing their work as it relates to the concept of home. Viewers will have the opportunity to ask the artists questions as well. This event is free, but RSVP is required to access Zoom information.
- Saturday, September 26, 10am-11am (virtual)
Virtual Gallery Tour.
Director Juli Lowe will be giving a virtual tour of the exhibition ""What is Home?"" while discussing the work of the artists in the show, which includes Keliy Anderson-Staley, Omar Imam, and Rubén Martín de Lucas. Viewers will have the opportunity to ask the director questions about the artwork as well as questions regarding the gallery in general. This event is free and will be held over Instagram Live.
- Saturday, October 3 from 10am-11am (in-person)
Gallery Tour w/Director Juli Lowe
Director Juli Lowe will be giving a private tour of the exhibition ""What is Home?"" while discussing the work of the artists in the show, which includes Keliy Anderson-Staley, Omar Imam, and Rubén Martín de Lucas. This tour is free and is limited to 10 people. Registration is required. Physical distancing guidelines will be followed, and all visitors are required to wear a face mask to enter the gallery.
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