Justine Pluvinage: Amazons

Filmmaker and artist, Justine Pluvinage debuts Amazons, a new video  commissioned for the Resilient Images Residency Exchange by Hyde Park Art Center and Centre Regional de la Photographie (CRP)

For Resilient Images, Pluvinage spent ten weeks researching Chicago through its inhabitants to develop the short cinematic artwork for the Jackman Goldwasser Catwalk Gallery. Over this period, she met with a multi-generational group of women hailing from all parts of the city to glean an understanding of resilience in contemporary Chicago, a recurring theme in Pluvinage’s work. The film features a notable poet-rapper and peace activist, a young artist living with alopecia who has created an ornate chainmail headdress to reclaim and adorn her physical appearance, a seasoned bodybuilder, a voguing performer, a dancer empowered by her own physical disability, a Latinx painter, an art and social justice philanthropist, as well as a one-year old taking her first steps.

In the face of personal trauma, financial hardship, persistent systemic injustice, and policy-level changes that dramatically transform their lives, the film’s subjects demonstrate the human impulse to sustain life. For Pluvinage, resilience is not only about healing, but rather represents a methodology for creating a life. People alter their environments, personal appearances, or behaviors, not merely to adapt and survive, but to thrive and delight in life, despite its obstacles.

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 – March 4, 2018
  • Jackman Goldwasser Catwalk Gallery

We invite you to experience Amazons Feburary 22 – 29th, 10am – 8 pm.  During this time Gallery One will be dedicated to fostering the artist’s ideal environment for the artwork through amplified darkness and sound.

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.


Justine Pluvinage, Still from AMAZONES (Jaqui), 2017
Justine Pluvinage, Still from AMAZONES (Jaqui), 2017

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 Justine Pluvinage

Justine Pluvinage completed her education at L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles, France. Her video and film work often adopts the documentary format, portraying intimate relationships among people and oscillates between realistic and dreamlike states, between observed time and narration. She has participated in exhibitions at Rencontres d’Arles, the FOAM in Amsterdam, the Ball in Paris, the Palais de Tokyo. She is the 2013 recipient of the Grand Prix at the 58th Salon de Montrouge.