Mar 11th 2021

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a public conversation on resistance, working in isolation, and the ‘historical now’

[Image Description: Poster with cream and white text on a maroon background. A close up of four cream posters printed with red text that reads, Be Ready To Vote, Pay Your Poll Tax Before Jan 31st, brought to you by your chamber of commerce. The posters are torn to show signs of wear. They are installed in the window of a brick building.]

Ellen Rothenberg’s recent public projects and installations focus on global migration and the political and social response in destination countries; the intertwined histories of electoral activism and of voter suppression; and the possibilities for individual and collective action. Her research repurposes the archive through presence and emplacement – inhabiting architecture, public spaces, and sites of everyday life.

Working and living between Chicago and Berlin, Rothenberg is currently a Research Fellow at RE:WORK, IGK Work and Life Course from the Global Perspective at Humboldt University in Berlin and Professor, Adj. at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As Faculty Research Fellow in SAIC’s Institute for Curatorial Research and Practice during 2018-19, Rothenberg and Daniel Eisenberg curated and organized RE:WORKING LABOR, an international symposium and exhibition on contemporary representations of labor and the future of work.

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