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Jelena Juresa works primarily with photography and video and conducts visual research on identity, politics of memory and oblivion and the representational limits of photographic image. The focus of her work is the relationship between the observer and the observed within the confines of the “image,” and what it does and does not convey. Juresa has participated in solo and group exhibitions internationally, including Museum im Rathaus, Austria; National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan; and Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Serbia. Juresa is currently a PhD researcher at Ghent University, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Research centre S:PAM (Studies in Performing Arts & Media) and KASK Conservatorium she is focusing on the construction of new state identities in Austria after the Anschluss and fifty years later in the Republic of Srpska (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and the relations this practice have to atrocities, responsibility and silence.
In 2015, Hyde Park Art Center and Houston's Project Row Houses launch a first-time collaboration titled the 2:2:2 Exchange, which features an interchange between two artists, one based in Houston, TX, and one based in Chicago, IL. The 2:2:2 Exchange launches with Houston-based artist Rosine Kouamen’s participation in the Jackman Goldwasser Residency at the Art Center from February 1 – March 26, 2015 and will conclude with Chicago-based artist Maria Gaspar’s residency at Project Row Houses in Houston from September 28 – November 20, 2015. This collaboration features two artists, two organizations and two cities. It exposes artists already working with socially engaged, site-specific practices to new communities with the goal of expanding their artistic practice in the context of a city new to them. Similarly sized, both Houston and Chicago provide a dynamic urban space, rich with artistic engagement. Through this residency exchange, Project Row Houses and Hyde Park Art Center aim to provide an opportunity for artists to research localized ways of thinking and creating in a different city to enhance their practices at home.
Mixing photography and video with sculptural forms, sound and text, Mahmoud Khaled’s practice engages with the construction of male identity through investigations of unconventional subjects: a body builder, a bullfighter, and a male belly dancer, among others. His work traces the boundaries between what is real and what is hidden, disguised or staged. His work has been presented at Gypsum Gallery, Cairo (2014); 18th Videobrasil Festival for Contemporary Art, Sao Paulo; Lofoten International Art Festival, Norway; Home Works Forum 6, Beirut; Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg; Institute Du Monde Arab, Paris (2012); Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA), Amsterdam (2011); BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK. He was awarded the Videobrasil in Context prize in 2012.
As an interdisciplinary platform, Vagabond Reviews seeks to bring the two registers of art and research together by developing creative and collaborative models of knowledge production, representation and distribution through a combination of art practice, research strategies and critical review. While in Chicago, they hope to engage with a wide variety of researchers, artists and practitioners around topics including architecture, urban planning, socially engaged art and others avenues of exploration that critically consider the landscape of Chicago.
Hyde Park Art Center was thrilled to welcome Susan Giles to the Jackman Goldwasser Residency as the 2014-2015 Chicago resident artist. Over the course of the year, Giles worked in the studios toward a solo exhibition, which opened in the Main Gallery on April 19th, 2015. The exhibition contained a series of large wooden sculptures that alter our perception of some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world as a way of understanding buildings as key signifiers of place and identity (Tokyo Skytree, Canton Tower, CN Tower, and Ostankino Tower). This work advances Giles’ investigation into tourism, architecture and the physicality of place by exploring aerial perspective and the individual’s relationship with these icons, the modern day megalith. Susan Giles earned a Masters of Fine Art from Northwestern University in 2001 with an emphasis in sculpture and video, and a Masters of Art in Art Education: Studio Track from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1997.
Muriel Enjalran researches the artist’s relationship to public property and examines how these practices encourage a rethinking of art making and aesthetics. Enjalran also has been developing a collaborative network that brings together artists from Portugal, Brazil and Morocco, where she also regularly curates projects for L’appartement 22, an independent art space in Rabat, Morocco. Since 2006, Enjalran has worked at the d.c.a – the French association for the development of centres d’art – where she has helped coordinate a structure of 50 art spaces across France that enables connections between the spaces and other European institutions. Enjalran was an Associate Curator for the first edition of the Biennale de Belleville, Paris, in 2011; and for the 3rd Arts in Marrakech International Biennale, in 2009.
In 2015, after six years of development, Gül presents a dynamic sound performance developed in collaboration with US and Berlin-based musicians Katherine Young, Audrey Chen, Owen Davis, Carol Genetti and Frank Rosaly, which gives voice to the five characters in a totally unique aural event. 5 Person Bufet (2009-2015) is a three-part project by Istanbul-based artist Deniz Gül, which comprises an original screenplay written by the artist and inspired by her travels throughout Turkey and to Iran, Georgia, Armenia and Azerrbaijan (2009), an exhibition of sculptural objects presented at ARTER in Istanbul (2011), and most recently, a performative sound piece, which culminated the ambitious project, presented in April at Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago
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