The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago
Centre Canadien d’Architecture, Montreal, Quebec.
moniquemeloche gallery, Chicago, IL
Artist Carrie Schneider works in photography, video, and performance, using repetition to examine difference and specificity. Although she produces images that vary widely, she often frames them with similar formal constraints and thematic guidelines. Behind each of Schneider’s photographs is a performative process, influenced by the documentation of artists like Robert Smithson and Cuban performance artist Ana Mendieta.
Schneider’s Reading Women series, which she created between 2012 and 2014, features young women reading books authored by other women. Says the artist of this project, “to create "Reading Women," I asked 100 female friends—mostly artists, writers and musicians—to each sit while reading a book of her choice, written by a female author, in her own home or studio for the duration of two hours using side-by-side photographic and video cameras. There is something rare about the depth of concentration experienced while reading, and it's this moment I'm after: when the sitter loses awareness of the camera—and any semblance of a pose—forgetting her cultural performance.”
Schneider attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and had a year–long Fulbright Fellowship at the Kuvataideakatemia Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki in 2008. She has had solo shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, The Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art, Grayslake, IL, Galleri KiT/Trondheim Academy of Art, Norway, and Gallery Kalhama & Piippo, Helsinki. Recently her work was featured in the 2011 Pittsburgh Biennial at The Andy Warhol Museum and in thematic exhibitions at venues including The Kitchen and Higher Pictures in NY, Regina Rex and Dumbo Arts Center in Brooklyn, and the Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen, Denmark.