Matt Siber

Matt Siber (b.1972) is a Chicago-based visual artist working in photography, digital imaging, video, installation and sculpture. With an MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago, he has had solo exhibitions in Madrid, Berlin and Chicago among other venues. His first monograph, Idol Structures, was published by the DePaul Art Museum, Chicago in 2015. His artwork is part of many private and public permanent collections including The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, and The Bidwell Foundation. His work has been published internationally in publications including ArtForum, Sculpture Magazine, Flash Art, Aperture and EXIT Magazine. He has received grants from the David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation, the Aaron Siskind Foundation and the Illinois Arts Council. Siber is Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Photography Department of The School of The Art Institute of Chicago.

Stories from Matt Siber

Matt Siber & A.N. Pritzker Elementary School

One aspect of my residency at the A.N. Pritzker Elementary school is an examination of the objects within the school. From singular objects that become emphasized through photography, to temporary assemblages of multiple objects that are as much a result of my own sculptural sensibilities as they are about relating these objects to one another in unexpected ways. In series, the images create a set of relationships that speak to the physical aspects of the educational environment, while inviting the viewer to apply metaphorical connections.


Project Overview

Matt Siber Instagram Takeover – January 2020

From January 7th to January 10th, Matt Siber took over the CPS Lives Instagram to show the work he has been creating during his residency at Pritzker Elementary. We are proud to present those images to you now on the website, apart of the CPS Lives Digital Archive!

Project Overview

Matt Siber is currently photographing at Pritzker Elementary in the Wicker Park neighborhood, documenting the hallways, recess, and other obtuse objects in an otherwise “regular” school. Matt is interested in belittling himself to make his subjects – usually not even teenagers yet – feel confident and bold in front of the camera. Matt has found an interesting pocket for himself in the Pritzker community; becoming the “celebrity-school-photographer”, he now is able to provoke a certain “swagger” from his many subjects. This is apparent in his current work through our residency.

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