Please join us on Saturday, March 24th for the opening of, Threshold. Our January/February Artists in Residence, Giselle Mira-Diaz & Qais Assali explore the meaning of losing home, finding a new home, and looking back. Encapsulating the feeling of watching home getting smaller and smaller in the rearview mirror while driving into unknown vast horizons. Threshold is space that is neither here or there, interior or exterior, it’s the sensation of inhabiting a transformation or passage.
As interdisciplinary artists, both Qais & Giselle deconstruct the definition of “home” and the act of inhabiting. Through the use of substitution and contradiction strategies they create living archives. Through photography and sound, Giselle is documenting the Chicago Latinx community to affirm their presence, amplify their voices, and create a visual archive of a community often left out of American history. Qais is implementing archival interventions, lecture performances, sending postcards from ‘home to home’ to juxtapose the copy with the original, questioning the relevance and permanence of the intangible through the discovery of a new Palestine in the United States.
About the Artists:
Giselle Mira-Diaz is an interdisciplinary visual artist of Colombian decent. Giselle’s work explores women’s representation in the media, the complexity of immigration, hybrid cultures, heritage and identity. Her passion is to promote equality and social justice through her collaborative art practice. Giselle has a Bachelor of Fine Art from Ontario College of Art and Design University and is currently working on her Master of Art in Art Education at School of Art Institute of Chicago.
Qais Assali is a visual artist and educator. He has worked as a faculty at several academic institutions in Palestine. Assali spent his childhood growing up in the Arab Gulf before he moved back to Nablus in Palestine where he was born. This created a complex combination in his personality represented in his work. He is currently doing two masters programs: MA in Art Education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MFA at Bard College.