Mar 11th 2019

4×5: The Stories Behind the Frames is a storytelling event for Chicago’s photographic community.

The format is simple:
4 photographers, 5 images each, all the stories.

Please join Chelsea Ross & Lucy Hewett, in collaboration with Apple Michigan Avenue, for International Womxn’s Month and Apple’s “Made by Womxn” series, to share space and stories with four of Chicago’s most exciting working photographers:

Zakkiyyah Najeebah
Glenda Lissette
Mariah Karson
And our own, Lucy Hewett

Come early to chat with the featured artists.
The presentations will be followed by a short discussion/Q&A.

______________________ABOUT THE ARTISTS

***ZAKKIYYAH NAJEEBAH (b. 1991) is a Chicago based visual artist , educator, and independent curator. The aesthetic components and intersectional cultural advancements that are entirely unique to the black shared experience is a primary concern of hers.

Zakkiyyah uses photographic imagery and new media to address the politics and aesthetic values of representation, inclusivity, black womanhood, family histories, and collective narratives. Often her work takes place in the realm of portraiture, documentation, image-making, and educating.

Zakkiyyah is also a Co-founder of EXPOSURE: a photographically centered mission that prioritizes shared experiences and concerns by photo artists of the Black diaspora.


***GLENDA LISSETTE (b. 1994) is a Guatemalan-American photographer and filmmaker whose work focuses on her experiences coming-of-age on the internet. Starting at the age of 14, she began sharing images online, eventually gaining followers from around the world through various social media platforms. After being labeled an “influencer” by brands interested in capitalizing on her audience, she began using self-portrait photography as a means to explore brand-influencer and influencer-follower relationships. Using Photoshop, she distorts her face, body, personality, and surroundings, blurring the lines between reality and fiction. By investigating the role of influencer, Lissette’s work forces viewers to acknowledge the often gendered labor that sustains the expanding business of social media. Through her work, she hopes to encourage viewers to examine their experiences online and humanize the individuals contributing to those experiences.


***MARIAH KARSON (b. 1979) is a Chicago-based artist and freelance photographer. She studied photography and printmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her work has been exhibited and published internationally. Specializing in editorial and studio portraiture, Mariah strives to capture real people with honesty and clarity and creates memorable images that tell compelling stories.

Solo exhibitions include Modern David at the Robert F. DeCaprio Gallery and American Legion at Firecat Projects and then at the Chicago Public Library Irving-Austin Branch. All exhibitions included public community programming.

As a member of ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) since 2013, Mariah currently serves on the Board of Directors and as acting treasurer for the Chicago/Midwest Chapter. As a chair of the chapter’s Fine Arts Committee, she organizes and executes events and exhibition opportunities for photographers in the Midwest region.

FB: /mariahkarson

***LUCY HEWETT (b. 1984) photography creates graphic and intimate imagery through the documentation of street scenes, nightlife, music, travel and portraiture. She has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Reader Lucy currently lives and works in Chicago where she collaborates with editorial and commercial clients nationwide, and co-curates 4×5: The Stories Behind the Frames.


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