Feb 21st 2020

One River School of Art + Design Lincoln Square
4625 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

Join us for the opening reception celebrating the work of Chicago photographer, Jonathan Michael Castillo! Come view his work about the inhabitants of Chungking Mansions, one of Hong Kong’s residential buildings that houses many immigrants to the region.

“Chungking Mansions: A world unto itself” features work by Jonathan Michael Castillo created in Hong Kong and funded by the Stuart R. Abelson Fellowship at Columbia College Chicago. With a photography based practice Castillo describes his work as social documentary with a focus on immigration, community and place that utilizes portraiture and images of interior space. This work was made entirely within one building called Chungking Mansions in the Tsim Sha Tsui neighborhood of Hong Kong’s Kowloon Peninsula. As a central fixture of the immigrant community in Hong Kong, this building serves as a place of commerce, cultural heritage and community for a diverse group of people. This includes longtime Hong Kongers, new immigrants, asylum seekers, refugees and travelers from across the globe. Regardless of where one comes from, Chungking Mansions offers a welcoming space to all.

About the Artist:
Jonathan Michael Castillo (b. Los Angeles, CA) received his BFA from CSULB and MFA from Columbia College Chicago. Jonathan is a recent nominee for the 2020 Hyde Park Art Center’s Ground Floor Biennial in Chicago and was a finalist for the WMA Commission in Hong Kong. He is the 2019-2020 recipient of the Diane Dammeyer Fellowship in Photographic Arts and Social Issues. He also received the Stuart Abelson Graduate Research Fellowship and the Albert P. Weisman Award. Exhibitions include those at Photo LA, the Center for Creative Photography, Aperture Gallery, House of Lucie, Filter Photo Gallery, University of Central Florida and the University Art Museum at CSULB Jonathan’s work has been featured with The New Yorker, Wired, CBS: Los Angeles, and Brazil’s G1 Globo. He has appeared on the radio to discuss his photography with the BBC and LA public radio stations KPCC and KCRW. Jonathan Castillo is a visual artist, photographer and educator based in Chicago.

Free and open to the public. See you there!

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