Jul 26th 2014

In this Cultural Conversation, Karsten Lund will talk about his upcoming exhibition Phantoms in the Dirt, which he is guest curating at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (July 24–October 5, 2014).

Featuring works by sixteen artists, hailing from Chicago, Los Angeles, Copenhagen and other cities, Phantoms in the Dirt looks at recent photographs and sculptures that grapple with the rough world of matter, the mutable nature of photographic meaning, and various enigmatic traces. In advance of the opening in July, Lund will discuss the formation of the show (including a talismanic work that couldn’t be included) and reflect on a year spent thinking about artworks that are both matter-of-fact and vaguely mysterious.

Karsten Lund is a Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, where he has organized two exhibitions of his own since 2012 and assisted on a dozen others, including the recent The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archaeology with Dieter Roelstraete. In October, Lund will present new works by Sarah and Joseph Belknap, as part of the MCA’s Chicago Works exhibition series. The Contemporary Arts Council (Chicago) selected Lund as their sponsored curator for 2014, which was the catalyst for embarking on the Phantoms in the Dirt at MoCP. In addition, Lund has organized other experimental exhibitions and collaborative artist projects at locations such as the Hyde Park Art Center, New Capital, Columbia College Chicago, and an immense factory building just months before its demolition.

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