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Chicago – The Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago is proud to present the exhibition Survival Techniques: Narratives of Resistance. This exhibition examines human conflict; the ways we endure differences in ideologies like nationalism, ethnicity, and power; and our efforts to communicate through those differences. The artists in this exhibition explore a range of human travails—exile, displacement, and the struggle to exist in a state of flux.

The genesis for the Survival Techniques exhibition was inspired by the political turmoil in Thailand from 2008 to 2010 and with the multiple revolutions currently happening throughout the Arab world popularly known as the Arab Spring. These protesters observe civil resistance involving various measures such as demonstrations, rallies, and marches to express dissatisfaction with existing authoritarian regimes. Yet the situations in the Arab world—and the reactions of its people—are not unique. History bears witness to ways that individuals, groups of people, races, and nations survive in times of political uncertainty and social unrest.

Taking the poetry and the power of imagery as its starting point, Survival Techniques looks closely at the layers of artistic creation, revealing an artist?s quest to reveal his or her truth––which can often include manipulating the facts and playing with reality and fiction. Throughout the exhibition, geographies collapse into a generic and unnamed world, revealing how art can expand from local specificity into universal concepts that both reflect our particular era and exist within fluctuation of broader human history.

This exhibition is co-organized by Natasha Egan, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago (MoCP), and Davide Quadrio, cofounder of Arthub Asia, a cultural and artistic constellation of independent thinkers devoted to contemporary art creation in China and across Asia. A selection of works for this exhibition comes from the FarEastFarWest collection on extended loan to the MoCP. FarEastFarWest commissions and collects challenging artworks that conceptually describe contemporary Asia and its role in the world.

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Survival Techniques
Narratives of Resistance
Kurator: Davide Quadrio

Künstler: Yto Barrada, Raphael Dallaporta, Rainer Ganahl, Philippe Laleu, Sigalit Landau, Li Mu, Uriel Orlow, MKR Palash, Navin Rawanchaikul, Julika Rudelius, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Tintin Wulia, Zhang Peili, Artur Zmijewski