Sandro Miller: I am Papua New Guinea Opens at CEG!

Image: A crowd at the opening of the exhibition "Sandro Miller: I am Papua New Guinea"
Sandro Miller: I am Papua New Guinea, 2019.

September in Chicago is full of incredible art exhibitions all over the city, and we’ve kicked off this art season with a bang with the opening of Sandro Miller: I am Papua New Guinea! We would like to thank everyone who came to the opening reception on Friday, September 6. The night was a big success!

Papua New Guinea is a country rich in cultural diversity, known for its exquisite beaches, rainforests and active volcanoes. While it has a population of more than 8 million people, and 851 known languages, only a small percent live in urban centers. The rest of its people live in customary communities, areas owned by indigenous groups who manage their land and people through tribal customs. For his series I am Papua New Guinea, Sandro traveled to many of these communities with the help of Torsten Blackwood, one of Australia’s leading photojournalists, who graciously offered to introduce him to the numerous tribes he’s photographed throughout his career. Learn more about the story behind the photos here!

Image: Sandro Miller discusses his artwork with two men. They stand in front of a light grey wall with photographs of people from Papua New Guinea being displayed.
Sandro Miller: I am Papua New Guinea, 2019.

The exhibition runs through November 9, 2019. The work will also be featured at Expo Chicago, at Navy Pier, which runs September 19 – 22, 2019.

View the work featured in the exhibition here.

Image: Sandro Miller stands next to Catherine Edelman while talking about his artwork.
Sandro Miller: I am Papua New Guinea, 2019.

CEG will also be hosting a discussion, in the lower level, on Tuesday, October 29 at 6:00 pm between Sandro Miller and Mark Golitko, PhD, Assistant Professor Department of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame and Research Associate at The Field Museum of Natural History. The topic will be contemporary life in Papua New Guinea, with Sandro and Mark sharing stories about their time spent in the southwestern Pacific island. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP here.

Image: Madeleine Eliza of the Ubura Village, 2015 by Sandro Miller. A photograph of a woman from Papua New Guinea. She wears a brown veil with shell jewelry drapped around her neck.
Sandro Miller, Madeleine Eliza of the Ubura Village, 2015.