Apr 25th 2013

Resident Exposure: Chiara Galimberti & Fatima Haider

@ President's Gallery at Harold Washington College

30 E. Lake St. Room 1105

Opening Thursday, April 25th, from 5:30PM - 7:30PM

On view through Friday, June 7th

The President’s Gallery at Harold Washington College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, presents the two-person show “Resident Exposure,” featuring Chicago-based artist Chiara Galimberti and New York-based artist Fatima Haider. Haider’s abstract drawings are created through repetitive surface processing. They strive toward blank slate, almost in an effort to understand if such a state is possible, given our perceptions influenced by our identity, gender, class, and politics. Galimberti takes large-scale photographs of protests and through painting on the surface to hide some elements and highlight others, she brings out unexpected stories within the larger narrative.

Both Galimberti and Haider participated in the resident artist program through the Department of Art and Architecture at Harold Washington College. Each semester over the course of two weeks, a resident artist is given space to work in the classrooms and engages with the students and the college community through open studio hours, lectures and workshops. Their work comes together in this show to mark the closing of the academic year’s artist in residency programming. Harold Washington College offers strong programs in many art disciplines including visual arts – 2D, 3D, Architecture, Digital Multimedia, Photography and Printmaking.

Originally from Italy, Chiara Galimberti is an artist, writer, teaching artist and mother currently residing in Chicago. Her work tends to be context and place specific rather than self-referential. She is particularly interested in analyzing human behavior and the social dynamics of oppression as they play out in everyday life, and in investigating art’s place within that space.

Fatima Haider received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and now lives and works in New York City. She has shown nationally and internationally, and recently completed the Core Residency Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX.

Image credit: Left: Chiara Galimberti, Protest I, 2013, Inkjet print of acrylic on paper, 36″ x 42″, Right: Fatima Haider, The Pot, 2009, used cooking pot; taam cheeni on metal, 9″ x 9″

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the art department, (312) 553-5738, or visit pedestrianproject.org. The President’s Gallery is located in Room 1105 at Harold Washington College, 30 E. Lake St.

About City Colleges of Chicago
City Colleges of Chicago is the largest community college system in Illinois and one of the largest in the nation, with 5,800 faculty and staff serving 120,000 students annually at seven colleges and six satellite sites city-wide. City Colleges of Chicago is in the midst of a Reinvention, a collaborative effort to review and revise City Colleges programs and practices to ensure students leave City Colleges college-ready, career-ready and prepared to pursue their life’s goals.

City Colleges of Chicago includes seven colleges: Richard J. Daley College, Kennedy-King College, Malcolm X College, Olive-Harvey College, Harry S Truman College, Harold Washington College and Wilbur Wright College. The system also oversees the Washburne Culinary Institute, the French Pastry School, two restaurants, five Child Development Centers, the Center for Distance Learning, the Workforce Institute, the public broadcast station WYCC-TV Channel 20 and radio station WKKC-FM 89.3. For more information about City Colleges of Chicago, call: (773) COLLEGE or visit www.ccc.edu

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