Nov 8th 2018

Led by Rana Liu and Willa Goettling

In association with DEPS’ exhibition, Where the Future Came From, Columbia graduate students Rana Liu and Willa Goettling invite established and first-time artists alike to participate in a feminist zine-making workshop. The aim of this workshop is to re-create the collaborative spirit of Chicago Women’s Graphics Collective, a feminist printmaking collective that created posters to aid the 1970s’ Women’s Liberation Movement. In this zine workshop, participants will be making work in response to a series of guided meditations on fear, conflict, and empowerment. The workshop will provide a space of support, openness, and conversation, encouraging participants to use art as a means to express their truths and find empowerment.

After the workshop, each participant will be sent a risograph printed zine containing one piece from each participant.

Rana Liu is an arts management graduate student from Montreal, Canada. She did her undergraduate studies at McGill University, double-majoring in political science and theater studies, where she was heavily involved in the theater scene. In 2016, she co-created Blowfish Theatre Company, which has since mounted three productions, two of which at the Montreal Fringe Festival. Since moving to Chicago, Liu has worked with the Chicago Opera Theater and the Goodman Theatre. Recently, she has shifted her creative skills into galleries, merging her production and artistic skills as the project director for “The Final Trope,” an interactive exhibit on 1980s’ horror movie tropes showing at the Hokin Gallery. Rana is also a graduate researcher for “Where the Future Came From,” at the Glass Curtain Gallery, which has given her the chance to explore feminist art collectives across the city.

Currently based out of Chicago, Willa Goettling is a writer and visual artist who investigates corporeality, ecology, and the effects of capitalism on the body and environment. Her work has emerged out of a desire to feel more connected to, and in control of, her body—what it absorbs through the environment and how it’s treated by society as someone who’s woman-identifying. Goettling is interested in the translation between people and disciplines, and in fostering connectivity through art by using personal experience as means to talk about collective experience. Goettling’s work often combines text and imagery, creating poetic and analytical narratives distributed in the form of artists’ books, zines, and other artists’ publications.

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