South Side Speculations grew out of a two-year intergenerational collaboration among Chicago-based high school students, arts and humanities scholars, and practicing artists and storytellers.
It investigates the impact of structural violence on health and wellness across the South Side, with a particular focus on Englewood, Greater Grand Crossing, Washington Park, and Woodlawn.
Resisting progress narratives that promise things will always get better and nostalgic accounts of carefree pasts, this exhibition asks how economic, political and cultural structures evolve in the past, present, and future. It imagines alternative physical and social infrastructures for neighborhoods and communities, detail complex social determinants of health, and document ever present policing.
Curators: Jennie Brier, Ireashia Bennett