The exhibition No Place Like Home presents a dynamic mix of photography by six emergent artists. Chicago-based photographers Lisa Lindvay, Jon Lowenstein, Jason Reblando, Jessica Rodrigue, David Schalliol, and Leilani Wertens each exhibit a recent series of work centered on the representation of home, and by extension, community. The resulting selection raises important questions about how we construct and represent the differences between the ideal and the more complex reality of home.
Theses artists examine the more prominent forces influencing the creation of a stable sense of home such as the intersection of race and class, socioeconomic influences, and political agendas.
The show takes its title from The Wizard of Oz and Dorothy's desire to leave Oz and return to a normal and secure sense of home by reciting the magical mantra. However, real life tells us that creating a secure sense of home is more complicated than clicking ones heels together. The artists in No Place Like Home examine the more prominent forces influencing the creation of a stable sense of home such as the intersection of race and class, socioeconomic influences, and political agendas. The approximately thirty works in the show range in scale and feature subject matter such as the Chicago urban landscape, estate sales, planned communities, and in some cases the artist’s own family. A series of talks, film screenings, a workshop and a symposium on The Home in/as Community will further explore the questions put forth by this exhibition.
The curator of No Place Like Home, Dawoud Bey is best known for his photographic portraits that often depict subjects of various economic, ethnic and social backgrounds. He has curated numerous exhibitions for art institutions including the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Wadsworth Atheneum, the Weatherspoon Art Museum and the Hyde Park Art Center, where he has served as a board member since 2000 and the Chair of the Exhibitions Committee since 2008. Exhibitions of his work have traveled across the United States and Europe. His essays and writings on art and society have appeared in a wide range of publications. Bey is currently Professor of Art at Columbia College Chicago.