The Corpus Christi celebration in Chicago is an example of how the polish immigrants bring and cultivate their religious and cultural traditions. In Chicago, there is no official holiday that Thursday and many parishes serving polish community celebrate Corpus Christi on Sunday after the mass.
The photographs below are from procession organized by Holy Trinity Church, which became a Polish Mission in 1987. The church has served the community since 1872, and all services are offered in the Polish language.
During the procession, traffic is stopped on Division and Ashland, while girls are scattering flower petals and participants stop to pray at temporary shrines.
About Iwona Biedermann
Iwona Biedermann was born in Poland. She studied photography at Columbia College and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1990. Biedermann’s photographic work includes documentary, editorial, portraiture and fine art. She has also taught photography privately as well as for nonprofit youth organizations and was a visiting artist at Columbia College and Loyola University.
Her photographs have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines including the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, The Reader, In These Times, Screen Magazine, New City, Newsweek, Real Simple, Time-Out and various Chicago-based Polish media. Her work has been published in Australia, Brazil, Chile, England, France, Germany, Japan, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United States.
Recognized through many awards, (Individual Artist Support Initiative, Illinois Art Council 2012, Artist Fellowship, Illinois Art Council 2007, Commission from Public Art Program 2002, Illinois Humanities Council Grant 2001, City of Cultural Affairs Grant 1997, Eddie Adams Workshop 1995, Weisman Scholarship 1985/1986) her work has also been a part of many exhibitions including Beyond the Veil at the Polish Museum of America in 2002, Catholic Chicago at Chicago History Museum in 2008 and Between the Lines of Beauty, Think Art Salon in 2011. Solo exhibitions include Divine DisComfort at Arsenal Gallery, Poznan, Poland in 1999 and Elmhurst Museum in 1998.
In 2003, Biedermann opened the DreamBox Foto Studio and DreamBox Gallery in Chicago. Its mission is to create, inspire and be inspired by cultural exchange between artists and their creative currency: Word | Image | Idea.