Opening Friday, September 13th, from 5PM - 9PM
On view through Saturday, November 16th
Tu nombre en arroz: Astro, Aida Ramirez, Rosalinda Cabrera
Opening reception: Friday, September 13, 2019, 5:00-9:00PM
Exhibition on view: 09/13/2019 – 11/16/2019
Address: 4220 W. Armitage Ave. Chicago, IL 60639 (entrance through alley)
*Cancelled* Performance by Aida Ramirez: Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 12-1PM in the empty lot next to 4218 W. Armitage Ave.
In el centro Histórico de Lima, along the Rimac river’s malecón, there is a street vendor selling pendants assembled from raw rice grains, clear glue, and tiny glass vials. The buyers of these pendants can request the vendor to ink in any name they wish on to each domesticated grain for a few soles. A tutorial video on how to make these pendants exists on Youtube, search: tu nombre en arroz. In el malecón, with the faint burble of the river and con el olor de pollo rostizado, this souvenir made for lovers, tourists, and/or youth is advertised in big black capital letters on a white poster board sign with the words, “TU NOMBRE EN ARROZ”. Released from its dietary and economic utility, the rice grain, marked and purchased, turns into an object that holds a modest gesture of tender memory, place, and love. At least -that is a romantic read. Perhaps, the narrative and genre should be one of violence, horror, and obscurity to point to the systems within el centro Histórico de Lima.
Tu nombre en arroz is a group show featuring works from Astro, Aida Ramirez, and Rosalinda Cabrera. Corn husks, red corn seeds, and coffee grounds serve as the materials that point to historical domestication, construction of place, obscured narratives, and their inherent invented systems. For this show, the artists offer sensorial and architectural interventions to re-envision and continue investigating their works’ oral and organic materiality.
Aida Ramirez will have a performance the following day from the opening on Saturday, 09/14 between 12:00-1:00PM in the empty lot next to 4218 W. Armitage Ave. Facebook performance event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2099338037040997/
Further programming to be announced. This show is curated by John H. Guevara.
The space’s entrance is not wheelchair accessible
Image source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JvR-TMXEho&t=138s
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Astro (María Escudero, b. 1988) is an Ecuadorian artist experimenting with installation art in Chicago. Although they have an MFA Photography from SAIC, Astro distrusts images. Working with material as metaphor, their work centers on the absence of the female body in colonized Latin American history.
Aida Ramirez (b. 1995, United States) is a mixed media artist with a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She currently lives and works in Chicago, IL, as she pursues her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Dealing with ideas of Chicanx culture and her identity as a woman, Ramirez uses printed media, performance, and writing to explore means of defining herself.
Rosalinda Cabrera (b. 1996, United States) is a kinetic artist with a BFA from SAIC. Her work consists of highlighting the narratives of Latinas in an attempt to replace past ideologies that have misrepresented them. Cabrera uses motion in her kinetic sculptures to suggest the presence of human emotions through storytelling.
Chuquimarca is a project space and apartment library focused on the Native, Mexican, Caribbean, and Central and South American contemporary art and culture discourse. Instagram / Facebook: @chuquimarca.projects