February 2017 – I’m excited to have been awarded two residencies for this Spring-Summer-Autumn: a Camargo Foundation residency, supported in part by Art Matters/Jerome Foundation, to work in France on a new collaboration with Dread Scott; and a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space Residency on Governors’ Island.
December 2016 – The Mobile Speakers’ Podium for Citizens and Non-Citizens is now in AxisLab’s new Baseline space under the Argyle CTA stop in Uptown, a center of the South East Asian community in Chicago. Led by Patricia Nguyen, the project hosted performances for Baseline’s opening event, with future programs in preparation.
October 2016 – The Mobile Speakers’ Podium for Citizens and Noncitizens will be installed at U Chicago’s Arts Block in Washington Park. The public project will be activated with programming around migration, immigrant detention, mass incarceration and ideas of citizenship (manifestos, poetry, activist speakouts, artist-performers – line-up in formation) on these dates:
Friday, October 14, 6-7pm
Saturday October 22, 1-2pm
Friday, October 28, 6-7pm
Friday, November 4, 6-7pm
Sunday July 24th and July 31st, 2pm – 4pm – Programming for The Mobile Speakers’ Podium for Citizens and Non-Citizens, which remains on the lawn at Comfort Station, Logan Square, Chicago throughout July. Sunday 24th brilliant spoken word poet Luis Tubens AKA Logan Lu will perform, followed by stories of immigration and detention from asylum seeker Eric Carlos and the Logan Square Neighbourhood Association’s Youth Program.
Sunday 17th saw an amazing line-up at the Mobile Speakers’ Podium for Citizens and Non-Citizens, with Damon Locks and Roger Bonair-Agard performing sci-fi letters from prisoners who participated in Damon’s writing class, with Damon on sound system backing their words. Then brilliant Gary activist/environmentalist/historian Sam Love spoke about his work on the recent successful campaigns to derail the for-profit prison companies trying to build the next big detention center, south of Chicago, and Jackie Stevens, who runs the Deportation Research Clinic out of Northwestern, gave a great outline of the history and economics of the current detention boom, as well as her team’s cutting-edge legal challenges to the private prison companies slave labor profiteering.
July 3 2016, 2pm – 4pm – Launching the installation of the Mobile Speakers’ Podium for Citizens and Non-Citizens on the lawn at the amazing Comfort Station in Logan Square, Chicago. During July the Podium will be activated by programs with local artists and activists working at the intersection of building immigrants rights and ending mass incarceration. Please stop by Sunday afternoons in July, 2pm, for manifestos and performances. This is an intervention in progress: check back for more information or email me to get involved!
April 7 – Reception for Agitprop! 3rd Wave, at the Brooklyn Museum. This show continues through August 7 and includes some of my (n)IMBY Hobart-Gary porcelain protest pots along with documentation of the first pot delivered to a Concerned Citizens of Hobart activist’s home in Hobart, IN. This project is helping to build resistance to the for-profit prison industry’s efforts to expand immigrant detention in the Midwest.
March 24 – I participated in a discussion with Human Rights Watch US Program Researcher Clara Long and Diaz Lewis about immigration justice issues, published on the Weinberg-Newton Gallery Tumblr
February 17 – Agitprop! 2nd Wave launches at the Brooklyn Museum. My work with Concerned Citizens of Hobart, IN will be included.
January 22 – March 26: Soul Asylum is on view at the Weinberg Gallery in Chicago, at 300 W. Superior Street, Suite 203: I’m excited to be part of this show, a collaboration of the gallery with Human Rights Watch, highlighting the abusive structure of the US immigrant detention system, and efforts to roll it back. The Mobile Speakers Podium for Citizens and Immigrants is included. After the show it will begin a tour of local communities targeted by the private prison industry as sites for a proposed new for-profit detention center.
January 31 – April 24 2016: Part of my (n)IMBY project will be on view in Residual Lives at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago. I’m excited to have this opportunity to bring the project back to the city where it started as a celebration of the coalition of Chicago immigrant activists and Concerned Citizens of Crete who stopped a for-profit detention center from being built. They led the way for other communities taking a stand against the private prison profiteers. The show is designed to complement the prints and paintings by incarcerated artists on view in Weight of Rage – work that comes out of the amazing Prison and Neighborhood Arts Project at Stateville Prison.
October 16 – 18 2015: Gowanus Open Studios. My studio will be open Saturday and Sunday 1pm – 6pm. Address is 168 7th street, 2nd floor. Saturday Oct. 17 I will discuss my work with curator Courtney Wendroff as part of the tour she will lead between 12 – 2pm. Artist-curator Katie Peyton’s tour will also visit my studio – on Sunday at 4pm.
October 14th 7 – 9pm: Art in Odd Places Gallery show and closing party at the Lodge Gallery, 131 Chrystie Street. The show, curated by Sara Reisman and Kendal Henry, will run though October 28th. I will have painted blackboard signs and a video from my Lengua, Libertad! intervention on view.
October 9 2015: Art in Odd Places: Recall begins! Look for my intervention in Campos Plaza, E14th between Avenue B and C, Saturday and Sunday from 2 – 5pm.
August 20 2015: Art in Odd Places: Recall – this year’s Fall festival on 14th street – is a ten-year anniversary edition, curated by Sara Reisman and Kendall Henry, so I’m honoured that it will include an iteration of Lengua, Libertad! – a performance in which I invite passers by to help me learn Spanish, and give my volunteer teachers certificates. More info to come.
July 11 2015: I participated in a panel discussion about the work on show at Franklin Street Works – it was a great discussion, with a very involved audience – wonderful to hang out with Terri, Yaelle and the other presenters, and the space was packed.
June 29th 2015: Excited to be shortlisted for a Guttenberg Arts residency. Friends have highly recommended this place to me. My fingers are crossed.
June 13 2015 Acting on Dreams opened at Franklin Street Works in Stamford, CT – a very cool alternative space with a cafe and garden out back. I’m excited about this show curated by Yaelle Amir: I’m among a great group of artists, all focusing on immigration issues in different ways. I made two large quilted paintings for the show, with the help of brilliant fabric designer/maker Elodie Blanchard. The show runs through August 30th.
June 1 2015: I am long-listed for a Creative Capital grant! Very excited about the possibilities for this project to map new ground in the ‘socially engaged art’ arena, as well as giving me a chance to develop a ceramic multiple, something I am itching to make.
February 4 2015: Traces in the Dark, the latest iteration of Greg Sholette and Olga Kopenkina’s traveling Imaginary Archive project, opens at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. I made my contribution for the show’s previous iteration in Kyiv, Ukraine: “Propisca No More” is a kind of flip book of cartoon maps laying out successive colonizations of the Crimea, culminating in an imaginary homeland – an intentional ‘Pale of Settlement’ – for Jews and Tatars there.
January 17 2015: Respond opened at Smack Mellon, with people queuing round the block to get in. The show runs through Feb 22: check the site for ongoing performances and programming. Amazing range of works by 201 artists in response to police brutality. My installation “Forest Moving,” a crowd of signs seen in recent protests and remade, is included. There has been quite a bit of coverage, wrestling with the idea of ‘protest art’: Holland Cotter gave the show a powerful review in the NY Times and the review in Bedford and Bowery has a good photo of my project.
October 23 2014, 3pm: Artist Talk at Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers, State University of NJ, Newark Campus, as part of the exhibition From There to Here
October 9 – 12 2014: Art in Odd Places I will participate in this year’s edition of the festival along 14th Street in Manhattan – the theme is Free. My contribution will take place towards the east side of 14th street in Campos Plaza. More details to come.
September 19 – December 14 2014: BRIC Biennial Volume 1; Downtown Edition at BRIC House – which is close to BAM in Brooklyn. The show includes a new 2-channel projected video, The Great Unconformity made in collaboration with Dread Scott -the result of our residency in the Grand Canyon in April.
September 2 – December 24 2014: From There to Here show at the Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers, State University of NJ, Newark Campus. My (n)IMBY project – a set of large colour photographs of immigrant and citizen activists – and drawings and models from the Podium for Citizens and Non-Citizens project are included.
July 16 2014: Catalogue of Modern Labor Camp Typologies (Captive Workforce Available On Request) published for week 40 of Gulf Labor’s 52 Weeks project, in “Who’s Building the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi?”
July 2014: Anne Shea’s interview with me published in n.paradoxa
June 20th 2014: The Wayland Rudd Collection opens at First Floor Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe
May 23 2014: Imaginary Archive Kyiv opens in Kyiv, Ukraine despite blackouts and barricades.
April 12th 2014: Residency with the National Parks Service at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon begins!
February 6 2014: Wayland Rudd Collection reviewed in NY Times by Holland Cotter
January 17 2014: The Wayland Rudd Collection opens at Winkleman Gallery, New York, NY.
November 27 2013: Juliana Driever’s Profile of me on Bad-at-Sports