Paris-Chicago: The Photography of Jean-Christophe Ballot
June 13 – August 16, 2009
In this exhibition, prominent French architectural photographer Jean-Christophe Ballot celebrated the unique relationship between sister cities Chicago and Paris. Concentrating on the formal elements of light, volume, and composition, the artist juxtaposed views of the two cities in a visual dialogue. When presented side by side, the black-and-white photographs, which capture the historic architecture of Paris and include subjects from the Louvre, the Musée Rodin, and Rodin’s studio in Meudon, provided a stark contrast to Chicago’s 20th-century architecture.
This exhibition was held in partnership with the Alliance Française de Chicago, the French Cultural Services in Chicago, and the City of Paris – Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional promotional support was provided by the Paris Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International Program. The exhibition was organized by Jennifer Norback of Fine Art, Inc. Paris–Chicago was also partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
Image: Jean-Christophe Ballot, Shadow of the Eiffel Tower, Paris, France, 2003, silver gelatin print