International Flash Forward Competition Winners Explore Social Justice and Identity through Photography
CHICAGO, February 8, 2019 –This spring, the Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) is partnering with the nonprofit arts publishing house the Magenta Foundation to present the winners of the organization’s international photography competition, Flash Forward.
Established in Toronto in 2004, the Magenta Foundation showcases the work of promising young artists worldwide, providing learning and outreach opportunities, creating digital and print publications, and collaborating with community partners. This exhibition will feature the Flash Forward special interest category winners:
* In the Female-Identifying Photographers category, Nina Röder’s biographical images blend the uncanny with the everyday through whimsical photographs of her family as they cleaned out her grandparents’ home of 60 years.
* Representing the Racial Issues category, Luisa Dörr’s images follow Maysa, a black Brazilian girl, as she prepares to take part in the Young Miss Brazil Black Beauty Competition and sheds light on issues of racism, privilege, and segregation in contemporary Brazil.
* Kenyan artist Nichole Sobecki's work represents the Climate and Environment category, documenting the plight of climate refugees in the Horn of Africa as they face desertification, overfishing, droughts, and migration.
* In collaboration with fashion designer Duran Lantink and the activist collective SistaazHood, Dutch photographer Jan Hoek—winner of LGBTQ category—spotlights the lives and dreams of trans sex workers living on the streets of Cape Town, South Africa.
Concurrent with the Flash Forward exhibition, LUMA is also exhibiting David Lee Csicsko: Parade of Saints; Arrupe College: Bring It; and Yollocalli Arts Reach: Portraits of Little Village.
In Parade of Saints, David Lee Csicsko invites viewers of all faiths, ages, and backgrounds to investigate the lives and legends of Catholic saints. Bring It marks Arrupe College’s second collaboration with the Loyola University Museum of Art and will feature student projects individually developed alongside photographs and 2D work from Arrupe’s inaugural Foundation Studio/2D-Design class.
Portraits of Little Village, presented in partnership with Yollocalli Arts Reach, presents selected youth artwork. The collection of photos portrays the people and stories of Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. From friends and families to issues of immigration and identity, each work reflects a unique piece of the neighborhood through the perspective and style of youth artists.
The following events take place at LUMA, 820 N. Michigan Avenue. Visit LUC.edu/luma for an updated schedule.
Spring Exhibitions Opening Reception Friday, March 22, 5:30–7:30 p.m., free to the public
Join LUMA members and staff to celebrate the opening of the spring exhibitions: Flash Forward, Parade of Saints, Bring It, and Portraits of Little Village.
Flash Forward Tour with MaryAnn Camilleri Saturday, March 23, 1-2 p.m., free to the public
MaryAnn Camilleri, founder and director of the nonprofit arts publishing house the Magenta Foundation, will lead a tour of the Flash Forward exhibition featuring photographs by Luisa Dörr, Nina Röder, Nichole Sobecki, Jan Hoek, and Duran Lantink with SistaazHood.
Loyola University Student Dance Performance Saturday, March 30, 1-2 p.m., free to the public
Join us for a dance performance inspired by the Flash Forward photography exhibition. Student dancers from Loyola’s Department of Fine Arts will perform new dance work in the galleries.
Founded in 2005 on the Water Tower Campus of Loyola University Chicago, the Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) is dedicated to exploring, promoting, and understanding art and artistic expression that illuminates the enduring spiritual questions of all cultures and societies. The museum is located on the Magnificent Mile in Lewis Towers, a historic 1926 Gothic Revival building. On permanent display is the Martin D’Arcy, S.J. Collection, one of the finest collections of medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art in the Midwest. LUMA also features rotating exhibitions focusing on contemporary artists, highlighting social justice issues from across Chicago and around the world. For more information, visit the museum’s website at LUC.edu/luma.
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Opened in 2005, the Loyola University Museum of Art is dedicated to exploring, promoting, and understanding art and artistic expression that illuminates the enduring spiritual questions of all cultures and societies. As a museum with an interest in education and educational programming, LUMA reflects the University’s Jesuit mission and is dedicated to helping people of all creeds explore the roots of their faith and spiritual quests. Located at Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus, the museum occupies the first three floors of the University’s historic Lewis Towers on Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue. For more information, visit the museum’s website at LUC.edu/luma.
Art illuminating the spirit!