Opening Wednesday, October 11th, from 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Please join us for our next industry night at Parts and Labor in Logan Square on Wednesday, October 11th from 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Chicago photographer Mary Rafferty will be speaking about her most recent project “Do You See Me?” where she explores the question “What is it like to be a black woman in the United States today?” With this question she hopes to shine a spotlight on what it really looks like for a black woman to live amongst the political and cultural atomospher of the United States today. The artist talk will be from 8:00 – 8:20, followed by a 10 minute Q&A. Industry Night is also your chance to network and catch up with fellow creative professionals with great drinks and appetizers!
ARTIST STATEMENT | “DO YOU SEE ME?”
Watching the struggles and strengths of black women in America today to me is profound, uplifting and devastating all at once. What has been their experiences? Who and what motivates them? and what helps them along the way? The stories and events that shape their lives can sometimes be heart breaking but they continue to move forward with passion and purpose. I want to hear their stories. I want you to hear them too. Each person is asked “What is it like to be a black women in the United States today?” but what the answer I may really be looking for is “What gives you strength?” By asking this question I hope to shine a spotlight on what it really looks like for a black woman to live amongst the political and cultural atmosphere of the United States today. Do you see me? is an attempt to create a platform with these words and images to facilitate other individuals and communities to start the important conversations that need to happen to make the change for all our communities. I want to showcase how they have been overlooked, supported themselves and are becoming a force, in my opinion, to celebrate and learn from.