Charlie Simokaitis is a photographer and video artist based in Chicago. He received his BFA from the University of Illinois and his MFA from the Hartford Art School. He has been commissioned by many institutions and corporations for both his still and motion work including the University of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, The Joffrey Ballet, IBM, Abbott Labs and Motorola. Recently, a video piece he co-directed about young singing prodigy Mae Ya Carter Ryan was featured on the World Channel in association with PBS & WGBH Boston. He is currently working on a short film about outsider artist Charles Steffen.
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Charlie has shared this statement about his video art for the installation.
“With this project my intention was to both honor Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc as well as recontextualize specific segments of the film to support the poignancy of the installation. By altering the speed and construction of this visual narrative the goal is to underscore the timelessness of the message and meaning of the iconic Joan of Arc. Images of historical figures are also included, supporting Joan’s relevancy in subsequent epochs, inviting us to examine our own. ”