Pushing beyond the rhetoric, All that Glows in the Dark of Democracy does not presume there is a universal definition of democracy. Instead the artists offer various entry points into the elusive term via different modes of sensory engagement – light, sound, text and touch – presenting the viewer with tangible ways not only to reflect, reconsider, and respond, but also to listen to a diverse range of viewpoints with diligence and care.The flag, video, sculpture, and interactive installations in this group exhibition invite us to think critically about and imagine alternate realities for our elections, our national symbols and monuments, our public as well as our private spaces. In challenging the status quo, All that Glows in the Dark of Democracy demonstrates an unflagging commitment to hope fueled by an insistence on action. It reminds us that progress is ongoing, that it takes many forms, and its light flares on multiple planes, from the living room to the city block, from the national to the global stage, both on the ground and in the collective imaginary.
— Kasia Houlihan
Alejandro T. Acierto, Kandis Friesen, Hannah Givler, Aram Han Sifuentes, Ariana Jacob, Aay Preston-Myint
Presented in collaboration with the ACLU of Illinois, this exhibition will kick off the organization’s Engagement Series on Democracy: We the People, an effort to counter the “us versus them” mentality that has permeated the current political climate by asking: Do not tell us what you are against; tell us what you are for.