Salome Chasnoff is a filmmaker and installation artist who is inspired by the enlightening, humanizing and healing capacities of storytelling. For the past 30 years, she has maintained a collaborative social practice and exhibition career embracing and interrogating the indivisibility of making art and making relationship. She has collaborated with under-represented and misrepresented communities including people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ youth, older sex workers, rural hospital workers, families of victims of police killings, and women in the prison system. Her most recent film, Code of the Freaks (2020), a feature documentary that examines Hollywood’s exploitation of disabled characters, is currently screening in film festivals internationally and streaming on demand. Chasnoff is a founding member of the PO Box Collective, an intergenerational social practice center dedicated to building Rogers Park community through radical art making, mutual aid, and programming. Awards: Purpose Prize Fellow, Women’s eNews Ida B. Wells Bravery in Journalism, 21 Leaders for the 21st Century, Chicago Foundation for Women Impact Award, Illinois Humanities Council Towner Award.
The state of emergency is also always a state of emergence. – Claudia Rankine
Salome Chasnoff, BS, MA and PhD, Northwestern University
Filmmaker and Installation Artist
Senior Lecturer, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Code of the Freaks trailer
Skype + Instagram: salomaybe
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