May 25th 2022

Susy Bielak: Segundo Piso: closing and artist talk

@ Chicago Artists Coalition

2130 W Fulton St, Unit B, Chicago, IL 60612

Opening Wednesday, May 25th, from 7PM - 9PM

On view through Thursday, May 26th

Join the Chicago Artists Coalition and Lit & Luz Festival for a closing celebration of Susy Bielak’s exhibition Segundo Piso, including a conversation between the artist and Karen Dana Cohen, where they will discuss the ways memory, displacement, and belonging inform the installation, and their respective practices.

Free and open to the public


Susy Bielak’s art and writing responds to issues including migration, displacement, and the relationship between domestic life and disaster. In the process, she mines personal and political histories, texts, and archives to find the allegorical possibilities and poetics of people, places, and materials. Bielak’s work has been collected and exhibited widely, including by the International Print Center, Museo Tamayo, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, and Walker Art Center, and published in Art Papers, Poetry Magazine, and New American Paintings. She received her MFA from the University of California, San Diego. She frequently makes work with Fred Schmalz in the collaborative Balas & Wax.

Karen Dana Cohen was born in 1982 in Mexico City and lives and works in Chicago, IL. She received a BFA from The National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City and her MFA at Hunter College. By experiencing her own family from abroad and beginning to grow into a family of her own she began exploring her painting practice as a more process-based research. She has participated in national and international exhibitions in Mexico, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, California, and has been awarded honors including CAC BOLT and Field/Work Residencies, FONCA Young Creators Grant, Honorable Mentions at XV and XVI Painting Biennials Rufino Tamayo, INBA, Museo Tamayo, MACO Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca. She currently leads an International Critique Group of Artist Mothers.


Chicago Artists Coalition is a non-profit organization that supports contemporary Chicago artists and curators by offering residency programs, exhibitions, professional development and resources that enable them to live, work and thrive in the city. CAC is deeply committed to advancing the cause of art and its importance in Chicago’s culture and economy by cultivating a wide-reaching civic, philanthropic and public support network.


The Lit & Luz Festival of Language, Literature, and Art is a cultural exchange between writers and artists from the US and Mexico, focusing on interdisciplinary collaboration. With the festival taking place first in Chicago, then Mexico City, it is a conversation between two countries.

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