Resident Jelena Juresa and artist Melissa Potter in conversation
Please join Hyde Park Art Center on Saturday, October 24 as Jackman Goldwasser resident artist Jelena Juresa discusses her research-based practice and ongoing plans for her Chicago residency with artist and Columbia College Chicago faculty member Melissa Potter.
Jelena Juresa is the Art Center’s current international resident artist (from Serbia and currently based in Ghent, Belgium) participating in the Jackman Goldwasser Residency. Juresa works primarily with photography and video to conduct visual research on identity, the politics of memory and oblivion, and the representational limits of the photographic or film image. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions internationally (Museum im Rathaus, Austria; National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan; 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.
Melissa Potter is a multi-media artist whose work deals with the untold histories of women. She has exhibited at national venues (White Columns, New York; Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York), as well as film festivals (VideoDumbo Festival; the Reeling International LGBT Film Festival). Three-time Fulbright recipient to Serbia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, she is the recipient of other awards and residencies including the Soros Fund for Arts and Culture, ArtsLink and the Trust for Mutual Understanding. Potter has curated exhibitions including ‘Social Paper,’ first exhibition considering hand papermaking in a socially engaged art context) and ‘Among Tender Roots,’ first retrospective of Mexican artist Laura Anderson Barbata. Her critical essays feature in BOMB, Art Papers, Flash Art, Metropolis M, Hand Papermaking, and AfterImage. Potter is currently an Associate Professor and Director of the Book & Paper Program in the Interdisciplinary Arts Department of Columbia College Chicago.
Juresa will also hold open studios on the 24 from 1-3pm.
As part of the recently unveiled Guida Family Creative Wing, designed by Chicago-based architect, Grant Gibson, the Art Center increases the opportunities for studio space on the South Side. All are welcome to check out the studio spaces, enjoy refreshments, and talk with the current artists in the studios including: Eric J. Garcia, Carol Jackson (Harper & Schmidt Fellow, U of C), Steve Juras, Ayanah Moor, Sabina Ott, Sheri Rush, Kunal Sen, Tina Tahir, and Jelena Juresa (Serbia). Juresa will also discuss her practice and plans for her Chicago residency with artist and Columbia College Chicago faculty member, Melissa Potter.
About the Guida Family Creative Wing:
Designed by Grant Gibson, a student and collaborator of the late architect Doug Garofalo (who led the Art Center’s first design in 2007), Gibson was a member of the Art Center’s original design team and shares an understanding of designing a space that embodies the central themes of the Art Center’s mission: bringing artists and community together to support creativity at every level, supporting and encouraging transparency of the artistic process, and fostering experimentation and creativity through making, learning about and seeing art. These remodeled studios aim to fill the gap for affordable studio space in our community, as well as more intentionally connect artists with each other in Chicago.