BARBARA CIUREJ & LINDSAY LOCHMAN
We collaborate on photographic projects. Our interest is in photography's storytelling potential to engage the edge between the heroic and the commonplace. We are drawn to the confluence of history, myth and popular culture as they shape our understanding of who we are.
BARBARA CIUREJ is a Chicago-based photographer and graphic designer. She has a BS in Visual Communications from the Institute of Design+Illinois Institute of Technology. Ever looking to the art historical past to invoke order and harmony, her search for narratives to explain how we got here has fueled 30+ years of making pictures.
LINDSAY LOCHMAN is a Milwaukee-based photographer and lecturer at the University of Wisconsin /Milwaukee. She received her MS in Visual Communications at the Institute of Design+Illinois Institute of Technology. In her quest to organize the natural world, she is inspired by the intersection of science, history and the unconscious.
OUR COLLABORATIVE PROCESS:
Our collaborative practice began from our work at the Institute of Design and developed in the alternative art world of the 1980s. We were asking the same questions about ﬁnding our place in the world and using photography to examine those questions. On a practical level, working with a collaborator provides critique, a willing model, a road trip companion, an assistant, an editor. On a conceptual level, it challenges the notion of the primacy of the individual artist’s vision, the artist/model relationship, and ownership of the final work. Collaboration opens the possibility of moving beyond personal stories and into the realm of collective experience. It has been the core of our practice and mirrors the fluid and mutable ways of storytelling traditions.
Depending on the project, we shoot together or separately and when necessary, model. Each body of work evolves through research and debate, editing and compromise. To bridge the distance between two cities, we rely on virtual communication, our online notebooks as well as studio practice.
Over the years, we have been fortunate to be part of communities where the exchange of ideas rooted in collective action fostered our own process: Artemisia Gallery, The Dinner Party Project in Chicago and Ragdale Foundation.
Check out their new book, Recipes for Disaster book
Recipes for Disaster is a 68 page book confronting the climate crisis, as told through risk-laden desserts.
Alarmed by the assault on science-based climate facts, we recorded the toxic conditions that are leading us toward environmental disaster. Scaling down the enormity of critical climate issues into literal, bite-size landscapes, we constructed darkly humorous recipes with accompanying ingredients and instructions. Recipes for Disaster prompts the reader to consider the consequences of what and how we consume.
This work by Barbara Ciurej & Lindsay Lochman is in Tweet restaurant.
Several other pieces are hanging in Tweet and Big Chicks.
There will be a show in Milwaukee starting April 9th.