The four-day 11th Annual Filter Photo Festival opens in Chicago today and runs through September 22, 2019.
Networking and furthering your education is the name of the game at this festival and nearly 30 photography curators, collectors, and critics from across the country will conduct over 800 portfolio reviews with aspiring artists and photographers.
Perhaps the highlight, though, are the varied photography workshops on offer. They explore everything from historical processes and creative production, to professional practices and career development by illustrious names such as Richard Renaldi, Sasha Wolf, Emma Powell, Richard Tuschman and Darren Ching.
The featured speaker is Rodrigo Valenzuela – and interesting inspired choice. Chilean photographer Valenzuela’s work, at first glance, appears to that of a modernist sculptor. His works are large-scale, labor-intensive scenes, tableaux constructed of mixed media structures of paper, plaster, metal and paint. But don’t be fooled — all of this is done in the ultimate service of photographs. Valenzuela constructs narratives, scenes, and stories, which point to the tensions found between the individual and communities. He utilizes autobiographical threads to inform larger universal fields of experience. Gestures of alienation and displacement are both the aesthetic and subject of much of his work. Through videos and photographs, he makes images that feel at the same time familiar yet distant, engaging the viewer in questions concerning the ways in which the formation and experience of each work is situated—how they exist in and out of place.
If that isn’t enough there will be several artist talks (Cecil McDonald, Jr, Isa Leshko, Bob Thall, Louie Palu and Juan Fernandez among them), special receptions for three juried exhibitions featuring over 60 artists at Filter Space gallery, and a Portfolio Walk showcasing the work of nearly 100 emerging, mid-career, and professional photographers.
Although portfolio reviews and workshops are paid events that require advanced registration, all midday artist talks and evening programs are free and open to the public.
Filter Photo Festival
September 19 – 22, 2019
Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, Chicago