Join the artists featured in This land is your land as they discuss the overlapping political themes in their work and practices. This panel discussion, moderated by exhibition curator Ariel Gentalen, will begin with a 30 minute performance of “The Labors of Lady Liberty” by Verónica Casado Hernández as part of her ongoing installation at the Chicago Artists Coalition.
THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Verónica Casado Hernández is a pastist, as opposed to futurist. She uses history to practice trans-temporal drag and explore narratives of power and rebellion related to women’s social identity. Verónica is a Chicago-based visual artist and cultural historian. She earned her MFA in the Low Residency program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has exhibited her work and lectured in the USA and Europe.
Azadeh Gholizadeh is a Chicago-based artist and architect. Born in Tehran, Iran, Gholizadeh received her BA in architecture from Shahid Behest University (SBU), MA in architecture from Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST) in 2009, and her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012. Her work questions the ways she can transform her discomfort of border crossing and lack of geographical identity into a tool to attain intellectual freedom and a broader understanding of culture, identity, and home.
Frances Lightbound is an interdisciplinary artist who splits her time between Chicago, IL and Glasgow, Scotland. She gained an MFA in Printmedia from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, during which she received a 2015-2016 EAGER Grant for Topographies of Defense, a collaborative research project examining defensive architecture and urban design in Chicago. She also has a BA (Hons) in Painting and Printmaking from the Glasgow School of Art (2012). Lightbound was a founding member of the Scottish artist collective, 2|1|4|1, and is a current participant of UChicago Arts’ Field Trip / Field Notes / Field Guide Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited in the US and UK.
Ariel Gentalen is an educator, curator, and arts organizer seeking to diversify narratives and create platforms for engaging critical dialogue among artists, artwork, and audiences. They are currently the Residency Coordinator at the Hyde Park Art Center and the Conference Manager at Third Coast International Audio Festival. They received their BA in Art History and Women’s Studies from California State University, Fullerton and their MA in Arts Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.