For our second In/Sight exhibition, CEG presents Uncover, featuring work by Barbara Diener, David Schalliol, and Kelly Kristin Jones. All three artists use photography to investigate and confront elements of history that have been left out of mainstream narratives. Barbara Diener examines the life of German rocket scientist Werhner von Braun, a member of the Nazi party, who was recruited by the US Military to work on the Saturn V, that put the first man on the moon. David Schalliol turns his lens on Chicago’s socio-political history in Isolated Building Studies, photographs that focus on buildings in the south and near west sides of the city that have been affected by divestment and gentrification. The work of Kelly Kristin Jones directly confronts our nation’s monuments through digital manipulation and physical intervention. By obstructing our view of public monuments, she encourages the viewer to question the historical events the monuments represent while imagining a different future. Together, these artists shine a light on difficult and complex histories, challenging the narratives that continue to shape our social and political landscapes.
"Suicide Squad,” Arroyo Seco, Pasadena, CA, 1936/2019 © Barbara Diener
Isolated Building Study 24, 2008 © David Schalliol
Founding Father, 2019 © Kelly Kristin Jones