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Jill Frank


Frank chronicles incidents and memories that have escaped the camera’s lens. Her recent work makes use of collaboration and collective memory to enact performances based on events from personal narratives as well as historical and literary sources. For many of these works, Frank collaborates with a group of students from the western suburbs of Chicago, who theatrically interpret stories from the Bible or scenes from the lives of saints. According to the artist, these reenactments, which she photographs using a large-format camera, “speak to the failure and success of photographic representation.”


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