chapters: making the invisible visible
April 16 - July 3
30 E. Lake St., 11th Floor, Chicago, IL 60601
Curated by Jason Pallas
"space, like language, is socially constructed; and like the syntax of language, the spatial arrangements of our buildings and communities reflect and reinforce the nature of gender, race and class relations in society. The uses of both language an space contribute to the power of some groups over others and the maintenance of human inequality."
- Leslie Kanes Weisman
Resident Artist Shares Research-Based Photography Project
The President’s Gallery at Harold Washington College presents chapters: making the invisible visible, a solo exhibition by New York- and Miami-based artist William Cordova.
chapters: making the invisible visible is a photography project that evolved out of a need to recognize and archive historical events and places that have that have subsequently, in most cases, been forgotten or removed. The project reveals the constructive steps that contributed in the inner transformation of class, economic and racially marginalized communities - communities that created "survival programs" reclaiming a sense of historical lineage, self-determination and spiritual healing. This phenomenon of the late 1960s and early 1970s prompted, in many circumstances, government and private industry to be complicit in exploiting those same communities without accountability.
Points of reference for the chapters: making the invisible visible project are photographers James Van Der Zee, Martin Chambi, and Deborah Willis, whose contributions recall the celebration and preservation of community, and whose contributions challenge a single Eurocentric standard of beauty, values and living. Thus, the project strives to create a different perspective, an alternative consciousness for seeing and building a collective outlook that defy socialized norms.
William Cordova will be the Spring 2015 Artist-in-Residence through Pedestrian Project and the Department of Art and Architecture at Harold Washington College.
"The past is more infinite than the future" - Toni Morrison
William Cordova is an interdisciplinary artist living in Miami/New York City. His work is installation based and includes performance, sculpture, film, photography and drawing. Cordova focuses on architecture, landscapes and history as a way to reconstruct, reconsider and reconnect past events to reveal their relevancy in today's social climate. Creating ephemeral monuments through film, photography and assemblage, Cordova seeks to expand the over all experience of the visual arts as a platform for discussing our common experiences, needs, and struggles.
William Cordova graduated with a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1996 and went on to earn an MFA from Yale University in 2004. From 1988-1994, he studied psychology at Miami Dade Community College, Miami, FL. Cordova has held residencies at The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Headlands Art Center, Artpace and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, among others. He has exhibited in the US, Latin America, Europe and Asia.