David Schalliol: Mining Basin (Hauts-de-France)

Photographer and Sociologist, David Schalliol debuts a series of  nearly 40 images titled Mining Basin (Hauts-de-France), commissioned for the Resilient Images Residency Exchange by Hyde Park Art Center and Centre Regional de la Photographie (CRP)

Through his photography practice, David Schalliol invites us to renew and enrich our view of industrialized areas by looking at their populations and at how they inhabit such affected landscapes. His primary areas of interest are the urban and social consequences of industrial crises; the reshaping of cities and their operations; the housing inequalities produced by these crises; transportation and the nature of work inside urban spaces; and finally the strategies that inhabitants implement to overcome them.

Having previously developed photographic investigation in the Rust Belt and across the Great Lakes regions of the Midwest, Resilient Images gave Schalliol the opportunity to expand his study of post-industrial American cities in a new geographic and cultural area, Hauts-de-France. In this area, where the landscape and people were intensely exploited and impacted by the mining industry, he set out to understand the social and cultural dynamics at work today: How has human activity been reorganized in the cities and landscapes? How are inhabitants reinventing those lands for new use?Schalliol guides us through Hauts-de-France for an unusual summer and winter stroll, offering encounters with landscapes and people that testify to the multitude of cultures and counter-cultures in the region.

A public reception supported by the French Consulate for the Midwest, featuring both artists will take place on Sunday, January 14 from 2-5pm. More events & info located at the bottom of the page.

Partner Organization:

  • January 7, 2018 – April 22, 2018
  • Cleve Carney Gallery & Gallery 2

The Resilient Images project and exhibition is supported in part by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s International Connections Fund, The David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation, Institute Francais, and the French Consulate of the Midwest.

Le Wagonnet (Wallers-Arenberg), 2017, Aluminum mounted digital print, 20 x 30 inches
Edition of 5
Le Wagonnet (Wallers-Arenberg), 2017, Aluminum mounted digital print, 20 x 30 inches Edition of 5

About Resilient Images

In 2015, Hyde Park Art Center launched Resilient Images, an international residency exchange in collaboration with the Centre régional de la photographie Hauts-de-France (CRP/) located in the North of France. Featuring lens-based artists David Schalliol (Chicago) and Justine Pluvinage (Lille, France), Resilient Images is the result of two eight week residencies, within which the artists developed site-specific, research-based projects through engaging with new communities and investigating current social and political conditions in each area.

Residencies connected artists with relevant people, scholars, and other practitioners to facilitate their research, and both projects highlight the reality of life inside these two vastly different locations. With the notion of human resilience at the center of both projects which are sited in post-industrial urban spaces undergoing change, artists Schalliol and Pluvinage mine the ways in which people have coped with and adapted to a rapidly transforming reality, due to financial, political or social change.

About David Schalliol

David Schalliol earned his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Chicago. His work explores the transformation of urban centers through ethnographic, filmic, and photographic projects. His writing and photographs have appeared in such publications as Social Science Research, Places, and The New York Times, as well as in numerous exhibitions including the inaugural Belfast Photo Festival and the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s Midwest Photographers Project. He is currently an assistant professor of sociology at St. Olaf College.

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