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Thursday Night Photo Talk w/ Jason Reblando

Home and Away

October 15, 2020

Jason Reblando will discuss Home and Away, his ongoing project focusing on the Filipino diaspora. In Home and Away, he explores various aspects of the lives of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), citizens of the Philippines who work abroad for years, sometimes decades, at a time to support their families back home. His images question the meaning of attachment to space and place, however temporary or practical that attachment might be, as well as examine global issues of migration, assimilation, and identity.

Jason Reblando is an artist and photographer based in Normal, IL. He is the recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines, an Artist Fellowship Award from the Illinois Arts Council, and a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. His photographs of the three Greenbelt Towns constructed by the U.S. government during the Great Depression are the subject of his monograph New Deal Utopias (Kehrer Verlag, 2017). His work has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Financial Times, Politico, Camera Austria, Slate, Bloomberg Businessweek, NPR’s Marketplace, Real Simple, Places Journal, Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Reader, and the Chicago Reporter. His photographs are in the collections of the Library of Congress, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Pennsylvania State University Special Collections, the Midwest Photographers Project of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He received his MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago, and a BA in Sociology from Boston College. He is an Assistant Professor of Photography in the Wonsook Kim School of Art at Illinois State University and is an FAA-certified drone pilot.

Support for Thursday Night Photo Talks is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Artist fees for the Thursday Night Photo Talks have been underwritten by The Lillian F. and Jerome L. Sindler Fund for Visual Media.

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