Exhibition presents recent works by Carlos Javier Ortiz and David Schalliol

The Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago is presenting Chicago Stories: Recent Works by Carlos Javier Ortiz and David Schalliol from April 11 – July 7, 2019. In response to Birmingham, Alabama, 1963: Dawoud Bey/Black Star, this exhibition showcases photographs and films by Carlos Javier Ortiz and David Schalliol pulled from the museum’s permanent collection and the Midwest Photographers Project (MPP). Both artists separately investigate forms of systemic racism in Chicago and beyond through the lens of individual stories. Carlos Javier Ortiz (American, b. 1977 Puerto Rico) considers contemporary black life in comparison to the ideals of the Great Migration, which took place from 1915 to 1970 when six million African Americans left the South to find new opportunities in the North. Illustrating socioeconomic patterns that have paved the way for a cycle of poverty and violence, his two projects, A Thousa

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