The CPL presents Working In America a free multimedia exhibit featuring photos by Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer Lynsey Addario.
Where: Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State Street, 3rd Floor North (Exhibit location) Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, Lower Level
When: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 12:00PM-1:00PM Exhibit runs through January 30, 2017.
Riva Lehrer, Working in America exhibit participant
Project& presents an afternoon conversation with Riva Lehrer, Working in America exhibit participant, artist and activist. She will talk about her working life and Stigma, Beauty & Work.
Artist and activist Riva Lehrer is known for depictions of those who have rarely been the subjects of portraiture. In order to create an image, collaborators talk about what it means to be Disabled, LGBTQ, and/or a member of another marginalized community. The resultant portraits reflect these stories.
Lehrer will show images and discuss her working method and working life which is centered on the ethics of representing vulnerable subjects. Afterwards, people will be invited to talk about work and related to Lehrer’s work, how they feel about being looked at, and what constitutes wonderful pictures of themselves – or ones that are difficult reflections.
The exhibit is inspired by Studs Terkel’s 1974 book Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do.
The exhibit features:
powerful photos and raw, honest text that captures the working experiences of 24 people from around the country, including a veteran-turned-urban farmer, a retired oil field worker, a high school principal, a Lyft driver and a professional escort, among others.
“In the tradition of Terkel himself, the exhibit amplifies essential voices, both individually and together,” said Jane M. Saks, the creator of the initiative and artistic director of Project&, a group that creates art with social impact and other cutting-edge models of cultural participation. “The exhibit aims to reveal the centrality of work in all our lives and the role of work in how we see ourselves, others and our communities. It shows our similarities and differences, enhances public knowledge and reminds us all of our human interconnectedness.”
“The narratives of this exhibit allow us to explore the trials and tribulations we face in our work,” Saks said. “It also shows what is universal about work and illustrates how labor, in many ways, gives us a sense of purpose, a means to participate in society and becomes the tie that binds us all together.”
The exhibit was designed by Jeanne Gang and Studio Gang Architects, and is part of a larger initiative that connects three multi-platform components. A radio series, co-produced by Saks and Radio Diaries Executive Producer Joe Richman, will profile people originally featured in Terkel’s book and is scheduled to begin airing in September on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
Members of the public will be able to upload their own stories and photographs to an online archive called “Your Working Story.”
Project& collaborates with artists to create new models of cultural participation and experiences with social impact. We amplify artistic voices that risk, engage, investigate and inspire, highlighting issues at the forefront of our time including: race, gender, human rights and economic inequality. We create models and new work that cross platforms and focus on human experiences putting new narratives, agency, and equitable participation at the center. We hold multiple creative roles that are shaped by the context and vision of the work, and vary from project to project. They include creator, initiator, partner, producer, distributor and convener.
About Lynsey Addario
Lynsey Addario is an American photojournalist who regularly works for The New York Times, National Geographic, and Time Magazine. Lynsey’s recent work includes reportage on Syrian refugees, the ISIS push into Iraq, the civil war in South Sudan, and maternal mortality in Sierra Leone. In 2015, American Photo Magazine named Lynsey one of the five most influential photographers of the past 25 years. She has received the MacArthur Fellowship and the Overseas Press Club’s Olivier Rebbot Award. She is also the author of the 2015 New York Times best-selling memoir It’s What I Do, which chronicled her life as a photojournalist coming of age in the post-9/11 world.