UIC Photographer/Filmmaker Wins Guggenheim for Documentaries

UIC Photographer/Filmmaker Wins Guggenheim for Documentaries

A photographer and filmmaker teaching at the University of Illinois at Chicago is one of a select group of artists, scholars and scientists awarded a 2010-11 Guggenheim Fellowship.

Silvia Malagrino, professor of photography, is among 180 winners selected from a field of about 3,000 applicants from the U.S. and Canada. Guggenheim fellows are appointed on the basis of "stellar achievement and exceptional promise for continued accomplishment," according to the foundation.

Malagrino works in film, digital video, photography and installation. She describes her work as "amalgamating critical thinking with poetry, and metaphor with documentation."

She applied for the Guggenheim in film because she sees it as the best medium for her multi-dimensional work.

"I think my narratives are more along the lines of cinema, with visual and verbal layers," Malagrino says.

Malagrino plans to use the one-year fellowship to complete another film, "Singing in the Dark," in collaboration with Chicago filmmaker Sharon Karp. The film tells how Karp's parents fled from the Nazis in Austria in 1938, hid in France, escaped over the Pyrenees to Spain, and arrived in 1943 in America, where they raised their family.

Malagrino received wide acclaim and a CINE Golden Eagle Award in 2005 for her first film, "Burnt Oranges," a 90-minute documentary on the 1976-1983 dictatorship that led Malagrino to leave her native Argentina. She interviewed torture survivors, families of "the disappeared," journalists, and high-ranking officers of the junta responsible for the crackdown.

Malagrino has exhibited internationally for more than 15 years. Her work is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Milwaukee Art Museum, La Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris, the Fundaçao Athos Bulçao in Brasilia, and other institutions.

She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, seven fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, and a fellowship from Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women & Gender in the Arts & Media, Columbia College Chicago.

UIC ranks among the nation's leading research universities and is Chicago's largest university with 26,000 students, 12,000 faculty and staff, 15 colleges and the state's major public medical center. A hallmark of the campus is the Great Cities Commitment, through which UIC faculty, students and staff engage with community, corporate, foundation and government partners in hundreds of programs to improve the quality of life in metropolitan areas around the world.

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