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Queer Identity Politics in Contemporary Photography: In Conversation with Kelli Connell and Doug Ischar

Queer Identity Politics in Contemporary Photography: In Conversation with Kelli Connell and Doug Ischar
Monday / March 9 / 2015
5:30 - 6:30 pm: Screening 3 of Doug Ischar's films
6:30 pm: Artist talk with Doug Ischar and Kelli Connell

As Sitter continues its acclaimed run in the Canzani Center Gallery through March 26th, CCAD is pleased to welcome Kelli Connell and Doug Ischar for a conversation on queer identity politics in contemporary photography in the Canzani Auditorium on March 9, at 5 pm.

Kelli Connell's work has been widely received and included in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Her work is in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Microsoft, Haggerty Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Dallas Museum of Art. Connell's first full length monograph entitled Kelli Connell: Double Life was released by DECODE Books in August, 2011. Other publications include MP3: Midwest Photographersʼ Publication Project (Aperture: New York and Museum of Contemporary Photography: Chicago, 2006), Vitamin Ph: New Perspectives in Photography (Phaidon Press: London, 2006), Photo Art: The New World of Photography (Aperture: New York, 2008), and Auto Focus: The Self-Portrait in Contemporary Photography (The Monacelli Press: New York, 2010). Her work has been showcased in Adbusters, American Photo Magazine, Art in America, ARTnews, Camerawork: A Journal of Photographic Arts, DIVA Magazine, EXIT Express, Foam Magazine, Gente di Fotografia, Girls Like Us, The New York Blade, and The New York Times. Connell's work is represented by Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago and Paul Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles. Kelli Connell lives in Chicago and teaches photography at Columbia College Chicago.

Since the early 1990s, Doug Ischar's work has focused on the potentials of video and sound in ever more distilled manifestations. Following large multi-media installations such as Orderly (1994) and Wake (1996) Ischar turned to more minimal arrangements. His 1997 work for InSite (San Diego/Tijuana) used a high school basketball court as local for a multimedia meditation of adolescent homosexual desire. His 2001 work ground uses 24 channels of sound to replicate the sound of a gallery floor being swept. His 2005 public installation, Water Music, explores the relationship between personal and artistic histories of the Pacific Rim cultures, in which Ischar lived as a child. Ischar has taught extensively in Scandinavia as a visiting professor (Gteborg,Malm) and was a visiting artist at IASPIS (Stockholm) in spring 2001. He is an Associate Professor of Photography at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

January 23 - March 25 / 2015
Canzani Center Gallery
Columbus College of Art & Design
60 Cleveland Avenue Columbus / Ohio / 43215

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