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Reclaimed Baggage @ Northern Illinois University Art Museum

Public Reception:  5-6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 29, NIU Art Museum

curated by Nr

curated by Nirmal Raja

A Photographic Journey of Parallel Histories

Annu Palakunnathu Matthew will present her photo-based artwork, which is a striking blend of still and moving imagery. Her larger work draws on archival photographs as a source of inspiration to examine concepts of memory, cultural assumptions, and national identity. Some of her work explores the powerful appeal of family photographs and how they shape identity and memory. Matthew uses the medium of photography to challenge the distance between past and present and the separation between fact and fabricated history.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Art History and the Zimmerli Museum of Art

Bodies in Water @ Decordova Museum

From the moment of inception, our bodies are immersed in water. Our connection to this essential element is primordial, as it is crucial for all forms of life. Instinctively we immerse ourselves in water for cleaning, relaxation, and entertainment. Yet, water is becoming scarcer in certain places and overwhelming in others.

Access to it, and protection from it, present some of the most pressing social and economic concerns today. The work in this exhibition, drawn from deCordova’s permanent collection, captures the many creative ways photographers have explored the human body in relation to water. Showing the physicality of the flesh and the fluidity of water, these images remind us both of the origins of life and our dependence on water for existence.

Artists in this exhibition include David Armstrong, Shimon Attie, Karl Baden, Stephan Brigidi, Paul D’Amato, Susan Derges, Chris Enos, Dore Gardner, Charles “Teenie” Harris, Russel Hart, David Hilliard, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Mary Mattingly, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, John O’Reilly, Melissa Ann Pinney, and Edward Weston.

Organized by Martina Tanga, Koch Curatorial Fellow.