In Real Life at MoCP, Chicago USA

  • In Real Life
    In Real Life
    At MoCP, Chicago - featuring work by Maija Tammi - (image © Maija Tammi from the series, "One of them is a Human".
Maija Tammi featured in the group exhibition

In Real Life
Museum of Contemporary Photography 
16 January - 29 March

East Wing is pleased to announce that Maija Tammi's series, "One of Them is a Human", is featured in the group exhibition "In Real Life" opening this week at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago IL, USA.

Through the lens of seven artists working with a range of digital media, In Real Life presents works that grapple with the fraught relationship between humans and technology, with an emphasis on the social and aesthetic ramifications of machine “seeing.” With a charged underpinning of human biases, these pieces, many of which were generated through algorithmic technology, present a speculative near-future wherein the sociopolitical consequences of AI have already begun to compromise how we visualize the world—and our humanity.

Artists include:  Stephanie Dinkins, Trevor Paglen, Leo Selvaggio, Maija Tammi, José Orlando Villatoro, Xu Bing, and Liam Young.

As the powerful technology behind artificial intelligence grows more sophisticated, machines have developed the capacity to not only capture images but to “see” them as well.
In Real Life is an exhibition seeking to examine the real-world impact of computer vision—from the murky ethics of data collection and surveillance to the racial and gender biases that abound in facial recognition technology.

In Real Life is organized by MoCP executive director Natasha Egan. The MoCP is supported by Columbia College Chicago, the MoCP Advisory Board, the Museum Council, individuals, and private and corporate foundations. The 2019-2020 exhibition season is sponsored by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Efroymson Family Fund, and the Philip and Edith Leonian Foundation.

In Real Life has been generously supported through The David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Impact Fund for Photography.

Maija Tammi (b. 1985) is a Finnish artist and Doctor of Arts, whose photographs, sculptures and video installations examine the borders of disgust and fascination, science and aesthetics. She regularly collaborates with scientists and musicians.

Tammi’s work has been exhibited in Paris, Berlin, Rome, London, New York and Tokyo, and she has three published books Leftover/Removals (Kehrer Verlag, 2014), White Rabbit Fever (Bromide Books, 2017) and Sick Photography (Aalto Arts Books, 2017).Tammi’s background is in photojournalism. She has a Masters in visual journalism and she worked as a photojournalist for six years before her artistic career. She completed her doctorate from Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture in 2017.

Maija Tammi is represented by East Wing | Doha. Her work "White Rabbit Fever" was presented by East Wing at Unseen Amsterdam, 2016.

The Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago is the world’s premier college art museum dedicated to photography. As an international hub, the MoCP generates ideas and provokes dialogue among students, artists and diverse communities through groundbreaking exhibitions and programming. Now in its 44th exhibition season, the Museum of Contemporary Photography cultivates a deeper understanding of the artistic, cultural and political roles of photography in our world today.

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