Mar 3rd 2023

The Art Center Highland Park will feature the art of sculptor, community artist, and nonviolence educator, Indira Freitas Johnson in a new exhibit, BE-Longing*, a solo exhibition that reflects her efforts to maintain a sense of belonging for both her native India and her adopted home in America.

Named Chicagoan of the Year by Chicago Magazine in 2013 for her public art project, Ten Thousand Ripples, Indira has a true artistic agenda that makes her work even more important in the current world political and social climate of upheaval. Adds Johnson: “For me, art and life are interwoven so that creating objects in the studio goes hand in hand with site-specific installation and interactive/community-engaged projects. Making connections between different relationships, individual and community, order and chaos, spirit and matter is a fundamental aspect of my work.”

“We are thrilled to have Indira back at The Art Center,” says Curator Caren Helene Rudman. “Over the years, we’ve exhibited pieces of her work, including a series of fabric panels with text embroidered on them. I first learned of her with her Ten Thousand Ripples project where one hundred fiberglass Buddha sculptures were installed in sites chosen by Chicago area community organizations”.


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