It's now more important than ever to ensure diversity in and access to the visual arts.
- access to arts education
- professional development for artists
- bringing national attention to Chicago's artists
Concerned with the structure and history of photography, Los Angeles based artist Sepuya asks what it means for artists working with photography to be making portraiture today. Working primarily in color, Sepuya's photographic practice is sited in the artist's studio where he often portrays young men--friends and acquaintances--collapsing the space between the subject and photographer, highlighting the relationship between the two and his active role, despite being behind the camera. In his words, he attempts "to challenge the diminishment of the portrait photographer and assert the importance of the role of the artist as rooted in time and place.
Tel Aviv-based Einat Amir creates participatory performances and video installations which confront audiences with scenarios that blend reality and fiction, interrogating social and political conventions, and probing the space between audience and actor, self and other. Influenced by psychotherapy, theater, dance and movement, in addition to performance art, Amir’s work is shaped by an interest in socio-political issues we are confronted by on a daily basis. Amir effectively sets reality against fiction and allows the viewer to take the responsibility of establishing and setting their own limits, by creating choices for them to be confronted with and allowing a space for those decisions to play out within the structured event of the performance.
An architect, artist and designer based in India, Sanjeev Shankar spent six weeks in residence at Hyde Park Art CEnter expanding his research-focused practice in Chicago. As founder of a multidisciplinary creative studio, uses training in design, engineering and architecture to merge traditional crafts-based knowledge with contemporary cultural and technological trends to construct socially responsible contemporary architecture. Over the last ten years, he has immersed himself in various communities globally seeking to walk the line between restraint and risk. Through rigorous research and experimentation, and an inclusive hands-on methodology, he attempts to reshape the way people think, design, and create.
Mexico City-based artist Nuria Montiel makes collective and participatory art in public spaces using micro-political and self-organized actions to challenge and transform the fabric of our reality. Montiel organizes workshops, interventions and events that involve print and popular culture, employ written language and text, printmaking, popular dance, and performance in public space to this end.
Chicago-based John Preus is an artist, Chicago-based John Preus is an artist, builder, and curator who is co-founder of the Southside Hub of Production (SHoP). Over the course of the year, John worked toward a solo show to open next April in the Art Center's main gallery titled The Beast, a large-scale inhabitable sculpture and corresponding collaborative program inside the sculpture of 20-30 events aimed at rethinking public space for political and social interventions in the city.
Christopher K. Ho lives and works in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include Privileged White People at Forever & Today, Inc., New York and Lesbian Mountains in Love at the Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines. He has participated in the Chinese, Busan and Incheon, South Korea Biennials and exhibited at Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens and Queens Museum of Art. His work has been featured in Artforum.com, Art in America, Art Papers, ArtReview, Bomb, Modern Painters, The New York Times, and TimeOut New York.
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