CHRIS VERENE: FAMILY
Photographs from his recently released book, FAMILY, will be featured. His photographs continue the story of his family and friends in his hometown of Galesburg, Illinois, where he was born in 1969.
Galesburg is the birthplace of Carl Sandburg. It is a small town resting northwest of Knoxville, IL. It’s population of approximately 30,000 has mostly been fueled by its railroad shipping center. But like many small mid-west towns, Galesburg has a high
unemployment rate and is losing its citizens seeking greener pastures.
Verene’s family series started 26 years ago. In 2000 his first book was published, Chris Verene, which featured color photographs of family and his extended family of friends living their lives as best a working class town could provide.
One of his cousins, Candi, has been closely documented. He follows her from her wedding at the Sirloin Stockade to having children, losing her job at the Maytag factory, to divorce and then losing her home to a tornado and finally her new boyfriend. Verene will hand letter most of the photographs with captions one might find in a family photo album. The captions only give reference to the image, i.e. the cover image of Verene’s new book, “The Same Day they Signed the Divorce Papers A Tornado Hit the House”.
The exhibition will include early photographs from his Family project, as well as new
work from the recently released book. Chris Verene’s photographs are in major museum collections including The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. PDNB Gallery will host an artist reception and book signing two weeks after the “soft” opening of his show.
More information about FAMILY:
The Same Day They Signed the Divorce Papers.., 2008