Feb 2nd 2018

Body | Armor

@ ACRE Projects

1345 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60608

Opening Friday, February 2nd, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Saturday, March 3rd

body | armor
New work by Chelsea A. Flowers, Luan Joy Sherman, Marcela Torres, and Kim Ye, Curated by Lauren Leving
February 2 – March 3, 2018

Opening Reception Friday, February 2nd // 6-9PM
Opening night performance with Marcela Torres // 7:30PM

Sunday, February 4 // 1PM
Performance by Trans Boxing Collective
(Luan Sherman & Nola Hanson)

Saturday, February 24 // 12 – 5PM
Artist Led Day of Self Care
with Chelsea Flowers, Marcela Torres, Kim Ye, Chris Zain, Rhonda Wheatley, and more!

body | armor presents four artists who use their practices to rethink and expand the definition of self-care, both for themselves and for the communities of which they are a part.

Historically, the health needs of marginalized groups have been pushed aside, overlooked by systems developed by and favoring white patriarchal values. During the civil rights movement, self-care became a political act; activists created safe spaces to cultivate the mental, physical, and emotional well being of those frequently relegated to the sidelines. Again, in 2016 immediately following the Presidential election, the concept of self-care saw a resurgence in popularity. A brief Google search of the term results in hundreds of articles, lists, and resources detailing wellness methods. However, while the need for self-care is universal, there is no single solution that meets the requirements of every individual.

While it can be argued that the process of making artwork is inherently an act of self-care, the artists in body | armor go one step further, unabashedly rupturing structures of injustice and drawing from their lived experiences to create performances, objects, and video that connect with audiences on a personal level, promoting healing and showing the importance of holistic healthcare.

ACRE Projects welcomes all gender expressions and features gender neutral bathrooms. ACRE’s space is ADA Accessible. Please contact Kate Bowen (exhibitions@acreresidency.org) if you require additional accessibility information.

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