Facilitators: Christophe Ringer & Toy Robinson
Guest Artist: Marcela Torres
Calls for increasing safety are often associated with more police and prisons. Does it have to be this way? This workshop asks participants to consider the alternative possibilities and to reimagine what safety looks like by considering restorative and transformative justice practices.
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Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
33 S State St
Chicago, IL 60603-2804
Cost: Free, open to the public.
RSVP is required.
Opening reception: Friday, August 2nd, 2019 from 7 – 11 PM
Artist Talk: Sunday, September 1st, 2019 at 1 PM
Show runs through September 8th, 2019
Exhibition with work by: Mev Luna, Santiago X, Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez and Marcela Torres
We came as protectors, as aliens, existing between the two suns. From this place we prepare, we train, we build up both emotional and physical endurance for an unknown new existent under the next sun.
The description of Indigeneity focuses on ones natural origination in location terms. Specifying that plants, animals or people are Indigenous due to their occurring from one particular place, Indigenous to X spot, on a world in rotation, in a multiverse in flux. Currently Indigeneity is disparagingly focused on binaries, of whom can rightfully claim a territory as home through tribal cards, DNA tests, passports and Social Security numbers proving nationality, demarcating the way bureaucracy has taken over the term as that of legal exclusionary access. Yet in the contemporary one still feels the pull of their origins and the need to investigate, pay repeated ritual, feel the changes of time and connect to our familiar and familial. The space of origin has mutated, reacting to the changes of the earth, technological advances, displacement, atrocities and its relation to constant cultural building and it byproducts.
Mev Luna will present a sequence of images, text, and renderings that restage hidden altars as part of a previous installation, Far from the distance we see. The wall piece will be accompanied by a limited edition print publication featuring a conversation between curator and scholar, Vivian Crockett and Mev Luna that emphasizes knowledge obtained through non-linear forms and how artists personal spiritual practice are situated within broader art historical frameworks.
In Contrapoder #1 Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez interrogates the history of cinema production in Mexico. In this first iteration monologues from films of the golden age of Mexican cinema (1930-1950) are taken out of their original context and performed in the present. Almost all films produced during this time take place during the Mexican Revolution of 1910-20 making the dialogue either revolutionary speech or romantic, as most of these films were also love stories. For this work both revolutionary and romantic speech are blended and read aloud in contentious public spaces in Chicago.
Santiago x will debut new work that confronts our world’s post-human trajectory through the inversion of rural american architectural vernacular in combination with infinite time-based immersion.
Marcela Torres will be presenting new work, that combines Aztec ritual practices of inhaling ones essence with Latin American cigar culture and its connection to the Katherine Dunham anthropological dance archives as a manner to investigate cross-cultural phenomena and beliefs.
Curated by Rachel McDermott
June 14 - 28
Chicago Art Department (North Gallery)
Self-preservation is doing everything you can to protect your body, mind and ideologies from harm. Muscle Memories is an exhibition that investigates the fixation brought on by self-preservational training, how--and whose--bodies are affected and implicated. How can these methodologies be used to bring about better futures? How do they anticipate, and perhaps produce, catastrophe?