Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present Susy Bielak’s solo exhibition, Segundo Piso, continues the multidisciplinary artist’s research into the ways architecture relates to memory, destabilization, and belonging. Segunda Piso explores what it means to stitch together family, community, and memory across time and distance. The exhibition builds upon Bielak’s 2021 installation, Cuarto de Estar, which focused on her paternal grandparents’ home—built in Colonia Anzures in Mexico City in the 1940s, years after their immigration to Mexico from Poland. Segundo Piso incorporates images from her parents’ Mexico City apartment and the house in Pittsburgh where her family settled in the 1980s. Each element of the installation evokes experiences in these dwellings: her parents’ living room flooded with light, her twin sister climbing a staircase reflected in a vanity mirror, her father perched on a sofa. Segundo Piso’s material strategies use the functions of memory to reveal the layered concept of home in diasporic communities.
Join the artist for an opening reception on April 15, and a closing reception on May 26.