Drawings, models and real life iterations, 2012 – 2016. The podium is imagined as a deployable speakers’ corner that is both functional and symbolic. Inspired by the effective coalition of citizens and immigrants/non-citizens who fought successfully to block the building of a new for-profit detention center by Corrections Corporation of America in Crete IL. The Speakers’ Podium’s two halves rely on each other. Suburban house collides with prison fence to invoke the needed voices and ever-presence of the incarcerated among the free in a country that locks up 2 million.
2016 iteration of the Mobile Speakers’ Podium – 8ft x 4ft x 2ft – steel, siding, casters and chainlink fence, with the support of the Weinberg-Newtown Gallery, Chicago.
In Image 6, a student uses the Speakers’ Podium to read the Manifesto of Tania Bruguera’s Immigrant Movement International. The Mobile Speakers’ Podium will be installed and activated by programs at sites around Chicago and beyond:
Comfort Station in Logan Square, July 2016.
U Chicago Arts and Public Life Muffler Shop, Garfield Arts Block, October 14 – November 6 2016.
AxisLab’s Baseline space under the Argyle CTA stop in Uptown, December 2016 – present.
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Graphite on paper, two 12in x 9in, and two paper models 9in x 5in x 2in each
Drawings and models for mobile double speakers’ podiums, half for non-citizens, half for citizens.