Baran-Unland: Your work often has an interactive component. Why is that important to you as an artist?
Alamo-Costello: My working practice has been pretty consistent since roughly 1990. In the experimental art drop projects (i.e., Appleseed International) and early aesthetic efforts with "Armpit: A Roving Street Gallery." I enjoy meeting new people. I like going to places I have not been before. Simply put, I’m nosy, curious.
I found through traveling to the portrait sessions in different quarters of the city my understanding of Chicago changed. I don’t own a car, so I took the CTA or rode my bike to a variety of visibly distinctive neighborhoods along the lake, down south, out west, and up north.
These sojourns became an optimal time for making pictures. I photographed transit passengers, street notes, architecture, music shows, and the city parks. A sampling of this imagery hopefully offers an understanding of what Chicago is at the present moment.
(Above: Vicinity of Kedzie and Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, 2017)