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Silvia Malagrino
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Silvia Malagrino

Spring 2010
Institute/3Arts Fellow
Chicago, IL

Silvia Malagrino
Silvia Malagrino
 is as an international award-winning artist, native of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is Professor in Photography at The School of Art and Design of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Malagrino’s practice as an artist is fluid and essentially interdisciplinary. She works with different mediums— photography, digital video, language, light and sound to represent not only issues of historical and cultural interest but also to explore in depth the fancies, the intricacies, and the idiosyncrasies of the personal imagination.

Malagrino is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a 2010 Guggenheim FellowshipThe National Endowment for the Arts Creativity Grant 2004, the Illinois Arts Council Artist's Fellowships (2004/2000/96/93/89/87); The National Endowment for the Arts Regional Fellowship (87); and was nominated for the Infinity Award of the International Center for Photography (98). Her works, which have been exhibited widely in the United States, Latin America and Europe, are included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; the Milwaukee Art Museum; La Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France; and the Fundaçao Athos Bulçao, Brazil, among many others.

In 1998 she created the poetic feature-length documentary titled Burnt Oranges. The film addresses the long-term effects and repercussions, personal and social, of Argentina’s 1970s state terrorism. Burnt Oranges received wide acceptance, and generated national and international venues of interconnectivity between different communities–artistic, academic, human rights, Latin American, and the general public. 

Malagrino received the 2012 Illinois Secretary of State Distinguished Artist Award for her outstanding contributions to cultural and community leadership.

During her fellowship Malagrino will be co-directing a feature documentary, focusing on Chicago filmmaker Sharon Karp and her family who were Holocaust survivors. In 2008, Sharon Karp and her two sisters attempted to retrace their parents’ five year escape from the Nazis that led them through France and on foot across the Pyrenees. The film evolves around this trip and includes photographs and home movies taken by Sharon Karp’s father during his lifetime, as well as documents, maps and letters from her mother’s possessions. The film juxtaposes the collective and deeply personal to ground and elucidate both our shared histories and unique experiences. In Co-direction with Sharon Karp, the film explores the fine line between memory and history, utilizing a free flowing nonlinear narrative. In fall of 2010, Malagrino and Karp began to shoot the film throughout various locations in Europe.  Currently the film is in the last stages of post-production.

Malagrino and Co-director Sharon Karp, received a Lucius and Eva Eastman grant in support of their upcoming documentary essay.

Malagrino was also the recipient of the Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist Project Grant, 2013, and the University of Illinois Faculty Scholarship Support Grant for her upcoming project at The Franklin - a Chicago outdoor experimental gallery designed by artists Edra Soto and Dan Sullivan.

In collaboration with new media artists Joshua Albers and Jesus Duran, the trio will create a site-specific installation and event that will take place during the month of August 2013. Tentatively titled "Swimming with a Kite," the site-specific event will offer a platform for public engagement with poetry and technology, in a backyard.