Apr 8th 2022

I Wanna Be You Anywhere

@ Co-Prosperity

3219 S Morgan st, Chicago, IL, 60608

Opening Friday, April 8th, from 8PM - 11PM

On view through Saturday, April 30th

I Wanna Be You Anywhere is an installation featuring work by Chicago-based artists Juan Arango Palacios and Nicholas Zepeda produced during a shared residency at the Macedonia Institute in Chatham, NY and previously shown at Co-Prosperity Catskill as an iteration of this project.

Both drawing inspiration from their favorite music, these artists unapologetically indulge in their vulnerabilities by referencing emotional lyrics and their own childhood memories.

Although distinct in their own playlists, the two share a clear dedication to drawing. Zepeda’s attention to domestic spaces paired with Arango Palacios’ fantastical world-building set the stage for a tale of queer becoming, told through a set of collaborative drawings and individual projects.

In the fantasy of Arango Palacios’ work, characters from Latin American folklore are brought to life through the lens of contemporary queer culture. Make-up wearing tattooed characters yield swords, and are guided by the magical lyrics of Cumbia and Reggaeton music. Zepeda presents a new series of text-based yearning and installation from a practice interested in the performance of sharing autobiographical work, and not leaving your apartment.

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