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Photographer Serene Supreme has quite a library of instant film portraits featuring some of the most creative and talented people in the cities, whether they be artists, musicians, models, writers, or stylists. Her latest Polaroid endeavor, CHIDO, is a collaboration with mixed media artist Ramses Alarcon that had its opening party on Saturday at Gamut Gallery. Together they rouse the chido (Mexican Spanish for cool) in the first forty respondents to Serene's open call for models. Her instax photographs are enlarged into forty-one 16 x 20 inch prints, onto which Alarcon paints and draws otherworldly creatures and dizzying patterns that explore the variations of what cool means for different people.
Subjects look unfazed into the camera. A four-year-old girl (whose parents had also been photographed by Serene and then painted over by Alarcon) cocks her head to the side and stares pragmatically at viewers. The original instax images themselves are displayed in a case at the back of the exhibit, and with knowledge of Serene's continuing Polaroid project, the tiny cards read not merely as portraits, but as a visual directory of the Twin Cities art world through a befitting medium.
CHIDO runs at Gamut Gallery through October 4th on Thursdays and Saturdays from 2-6 p.m.