Wrightwood 659 in Chicago invites you to visit a diverse and extraordinary trio of exhibitions this spring and summer, on view now through July 15.
Kongkee: Warring States Cyberpunk takes you back to the future with an immersive experience combining ancient Chinese poetry and modern anime. Part comic book, part animated film, and part meditation on history, this exhibition uses multi-screen videos, projections, neon art, and ancient objects to trace the epic journey of legendary poet Qu Yuan (c. 339–278 BCE) as a resurrected soul in an android’s body.
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Shahidul Alam: Singed But Not Burnt features more than 80 searing photographs by the renowned Bangladeshi photographer, activist, and 2018 Time magazine Person of the Year. In 1984, Shahidul Alam found his country in the ruthless grip of an autocratic general. The injustices he witnessed inspired him to use his camera as a tool for resistance. Over the next four decades, Alam dedicated his work to opposing political corruption, documenting the struggle for democracy, and advancing social justice. The images in this exhibition were selected from his extensive archives in Dhaka.
Patric McCoy: Take My Picture focuses on the 1980s, when photographer Patric McCoy traversed Chicago by bike, always with his camera, capturing images of men who wanted their picture taken. Over 10 years, he shot thousands of subjects from Chicago’s Black gay community — pictures depicting joy and desire, with subjects who are neither posed nor directed. The exhibition features a selection of 50 black-and-white and color photographs and celebrates the untold stories from this pivotal decade, by the end of which thousands would die of HIV/AIDS.
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These shows are presented by Alphawood Exhibitions at Wrightwood 659.
Kongkee: Warring States Cyberpunk is organized by the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and curated by Abby Chen, Senior Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.
Singed But Not Burnt draws on an exhibition currently touring India and organized by curator and art writer Ina Puri.