Opening Saturday, February 4th, from 12PM - 6PM
On view through Saturday, February 25th
Subversive communities and identities are often formed and supported by bonds found outside of blood families.
“an altar to chosen family” is a collaborative public installation that attempts to imagine families that contain the tools we need to create the world we want, and to dismantle what we have inherited that no longer serves us.
Chiara Galimberti will build an altar to thinkers, artists, writers, social justice activists and musicians that are part of her chosen family and invite people to add to the altar by bringing mementos and images of the people that have guided them and sustained them. People are also welcome to add notes/questions/thoughts addressed to the members of the altar.
About the artist:
Originally from Italy, Chiara Galimberti is a single parent, immigrant and artist currently residing in Chicago. She earned an MA in Italian Studies from NYU in 2015 and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012, where she was a Soros New American Fellow. Her work tends to be context and place specific rather than self‐referential, and can take the form of drawing, installation or collaborative performance. She is particularly interested in looking at both public and private space as sites of continual power and boundary negotiation and contestation. Her work was recently shown at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago and New York University in Florence, Italy. She is a member of the feminist art collectives W.I.T.C.H and Tracers.
“An Altar to a Chosen Family” is a special project in collaboration with the 2017 edition of the 2nd Floor Rear festival.