Renowned photographer Wendy Ewald will open as the key-note speaker in a virtual artist talk for the debut of “Photography Week 2021” organized by the Columbia College Chicago Photography Department and livestreamed from Weinberg Newton Gallery’s exhibition space.
Ewald will discuss her current exhibition at Weinberg/Newton Gallery in Chicago in which she presents two collaborative photographic projects: Daily Life and Dreams in the Pandemic: A Project with the Centro Romero Youth Program (2020–2021) and The Devil is Leaving His Cave: Photographs by Children from Chiapas (1991).
The first is a newly commissioned work developed in partnership with 15 young people at Centro Romero, an immigrant service organization on the city’s Northwest side. The exhibition features the students’ own photographs and stories, made and recorded during their year working with the artist, alongside portraits taken by Ewald and the students. The Devil is Leaving His Cave is likewise a collaborative photographic endeavor, made with Mayan and Ladino children in Chiapas, Mexico, in 1991. Together these projects provide a glimpse into the historical and contemporary realities of life within the Latinx communities of Chicago and beyond.