Christopher Meerdo is an artist who grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Šiauliai, Lithuania.
He has received his Master's degree in Photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
He has recently exhibited at the Exgirlfriend Gallery, Berlin; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; The National Gallery of Kosovo, Pristina; and The Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh. He is also represented by DOCUMENT Gallery, Chicago.
Before his residency at the Cité internationale des arts, he has been an artist in residency at SIM Reykjavik and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Christopher Meerdo was most recently a fellow at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Netherlands.
In conjunction with his artistic practice, he is also involved in education. He has taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 2012 to 2019, and has been recently appointed Assistant Professor of Photography and New Media at the University of North Texas.
I am interested in the ways in which human and non-human technological visual systems maintain or subvert structures of power within the context of surveillance capitalism. Using expanded-photographic methodologies of data processing, image-synthesis, computational sculpture, and moving images, my projects reference data archives as active sites that can compromise or control privacy, bear witness to injustices, or strengthen resistance.
— Statement of Christopher Meerdo