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EXPO at CAA: The Gallery Club and Iwan Baan

April 8, 2022 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm The Tank, Ground Floor

On behalf of EXPO CHICAGO we invite you for a special Artist Talk with architectural photographer Iwan Baan and Gili Crouwel, director and founder of photography platform The Gallery Club.

During this Artist Talk – which coincides with Iwan’s presentation with The Gallery Club at EXPO Chicago – Iwan and Gili will discuss his personal journey with photography; how architecture and space play a big roll in his work; the presentation at EXPO Chicago; inspiration; and future plans, among other topics.

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Iwan Baan is primarily known for images that narrate the life and interactions that occur within architecture. With no formal training in architecture, he mirrors the questions and perspectives of the everyday individuals who give meaning and context to the architecture and spaces that surround us. This artistic approach has given matters of architecture an approachable and accessible voice.

He works for clients like OMA, Herzog & De Meuron, Zaha Hadid Architects, Sou Fujimoto, Diller Scofidio & Renfro, SO-IL, and the 2022 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize Francis Kéré, amongst many others.

Iwan Baan’s photos are documented around the architecture, what people do in the space, where the space is and what the surroundings are. He sees buildings as backdrops for his photographs of people. And because people are a constant factor in his photos it allows the viewer to connect to the photo more and make it feel more natural. Subsequent to his commissioned work, Baan also works on autonomous projects that have a strong preference for (temporary) informal city structures: vernacular architecture.

About The Gallery Club

The Gallery Club is a nomadic platform for photography based in Amsterdam (the Netherlands). It is organized around exhibitions, curated dinners and events. Every edition of The Gallery Club explores the work of a wide range of Dutch and international photographers through a different theme. Website:

This Artist Talk is organized and hosted by the Chicago Athletic Association hotel, EXPO Chicago, the Chicago Architecture Biennial, The Gallery Club and DutchCulture USA.

April 8, 2022 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Tank, Ground Floor

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