Apr 17th 2016

Women at Work: Reconstructing the House Dress

@ Corner

2912 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60618

Opening Sunday, April 17th, from 9am - 5PM

On view through Sunday, May 22nd

During the duration of her residency, Relocating Techniques, at Corner, Edra Soto will create a series of House Dresses inspired by the Mother Hubbard dress. These loose-fitting gowns were originally meant to clothe half-naked South Seas islander women, so they would conform to “civilized” standards of the 1800’s. These dresses have been reclaimed through women’s rebellions throughout history, becoming a symbol of comfort for 20th century Caribbean women and the emblem of a generation. The Caribbean grandmother archetype wouldn’t be complete without this ordinary cotton dress.

During one full ‘work-day’ on April 17, Soto will wear a house dress out into the community and invite strangers and neighbors to draw symbols on it in response to questions about homeland and immigration.
People interested in participating are encouraged to seek out the artist in the Avondale neighborhood anytime on April 17.

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