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My name is Gary Zidek. Welcome to The Arts Section. Tune into the radio program every Sunday morning on WDCB 90.9 & 90.7 FM or listen to it online here. I'll be showcasing a variety of arts & entertainment, as well as.highlighting some creative ideas.

30 Years After Discovery, Evanston Couple Still "Following the Box"

30 Years After Discovery, Evanston Couple Still "Following the Box"

WDCB's Gary Zidek sits down with Alan Teller and Jerri Zbiral, the husband-and-wife team behind the FOLLOWING THE BOX exhibit. 

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"The thing is the box was just there. And we had no idea who took (the photos). We had no information included in the box. It still remains a mystery to this day." - Alan Teller taking about finding "the box" at an estate sale in the late 1980's.

 Alan Teller and Jerri Zbiral, the curators of FOLLOWING THE BOX

Alan Teller and Jerri Zbiral, the curators of FOLLOWING THE BOX

Alan Teller and Jerri Zbiral are the co-curators of FOLLOWING THE BOX.  The exhibit features a collection of works created by contemporary Indian artists inspired by a box of photos that date back to 1945.

 One of the photos in the box

One of the photos in the box

Teller and Zbiral bought a box of photos at an estate sale in 1988.  The photos offer a candid look at rural Indian life in the mid 40's.

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They were amazed by the photos and began wondering who took them (and why).

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Life happened, Teller and Zbiral actually put the photos away for an extended time. But they never forgot about the pictures … 

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Around 2014, the couple was awarded a Fulbright grant to continue researching the origins of the photographs  and create a new cross-cultural art project. They traveled to India to work on it.

 A look at some of the pieces in FOLLOWING THE BOX. On the table is book made by Amritah Sen

A look at some of the pieces in FOLLOWING THE BOX. On the table is book made by Amritah Sen

Teller and Zbiral assembled a group of Bengali artists to create new works inspired by the photos they uncovered back in 1988.  The FOLLOWING THE BOX exhibition was born.

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The participating artists came back with a diverse array of works.

 Sunandini Banerjee, UNTITLED

Sunandini Banerjee, UNTITLED

 Sarbajit Sen, UNTITLED

Sarbajit Sen, UNTITLED

 Alakananda Nag, multimedia installation

Alakananda Nag, multimedia installation

 Chhatrapati Dutta,  BOX WITH NO BOUNDARIES

Chhatrapati Dutta,  BOX WITH NO BOUNDARIES

Teller and Zbiral also contributed their own pieces to the exhibit.

 Alan Teller, WHERE THE MIND IS WITHOUT FEAR AND THE HEAD IS HELD HIGH 

Alan Teller, WHERE THE MIND IS WITHOUT FEAR AND THE HEAD IS HELD HIGH 

 Jerri Zbiral, WHAT,WHERE, WHEN, HOW, WHO AND WHY?

Jerri Zbiral, WHAT,WHERE, WHEN, HOW, WHO AND WHY?

FOLLOWING THE BOX was exhibited a couple times in India, before coming to Chicago for a run at the Loyola University Museum of Art.

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FOLLOWING THE BOX is on display at LUMA through October 20. Teller and Zbiral say they still have more work to do. A big question remains unanswered … who was the mystery man who too these photos?

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You can learn more about the FOLLOWING THE BOX project by clicking here.

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