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.