Contribute to artist Sabba S. Elahi’s embroidery and sound project to memorialize the names of civilians, woman and children, who have died inside Pakistan by U.S. led drone attacks. Since 2014 Elahi has been working largely through performance with an online archive, “Naming the Dead,” published by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. The archive provides the source materials for the names and stories that inform Elahi’s communal art project. All materials provided for the workshop, open to all skill levels, and all are welcome.
Sabba S. Elahi is a multi-disciplinary visual artist, educator, and cultural worker who grew up in a traditional Pakistani household in the Midwest. Through her artwork and teaching confronts the politics of otherization, cultural resistance, and deconstructs representations of violence and trauma in the global war on terror. As a cultural worker she seeks to complicate the narratives of the South Asian Diaspora, Muslim Americans, and center the voices of communities who have been marginalized. Within the past year Elahi exhibited at Northwestern University’s Dittmar Memorial Gallery, Museum of Art and Design in Atlanta, and Mana Contemporary. She has held artist residencies with Chicago Artist Coalition’s Field/Work and Bolt Program, Ragdale, and Kala Arts Center. Sabba S. Elahi received her M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Living Architecture is part of Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art exploring Chicago’s art and design legacy, with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.
Living Architecture is funded by the Terra Foundation.
Living Architecture is co-curated by Teresa Silva and Tricia Van Eck with Nathan Abhalter Smith. A variation of the exhibition at 6018North will travel to the Chicago Cultural Center in 2020. 6018north.org/living-architecture
About Art Design Chicago
Art Design Chicago is a spirited celebration of the unique and vital role Chicago plays as America’s crossroads of creativity and commerce. Initiated by the Terra Foundation for American Art, this citywide partnership of more than 75 cultural organizations explores Chicago’s art and design legacy and continued impact with more than 30 exhibitions, hundreds of events, as well as the creation of several scholarly publications and a four-part documentary presented throughout 2018.
Support for Art Design Chicago is provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art and Presenting Partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. Additional funding for the initiative is provided by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Joyce Foundation. The Chicago Community Trust, Leo Burnett, Polk Bros. Foundation, and EXPO CHICAGO are providing in-kind support. ArtDesignChicago.org #ArtDesignChicago