Bold Disobedience, Weinberg Newton Gallery Chicago 2017
Mainstream media builds off negative stereotypes that often seem unreasonable to those who have lived in the neighborhood. The local community newspapers provide a counterpoint to mainstream media and the dominant narratives of how one sees it. The local reporting in these papers communicates perspectives that are often overlooked such as celebrating local achievements, talented people, creative events, the strength, and the joy of community life.
In the same space, there is a chain link fence which is an object devoid of color, scaled down, and abstracted by a repeated pattern. It’s a gritty and sobering architectural object surrounding private property that becomes charged when taken out of context and put into a gallery space. This project merges the socioeconomic melting pot that is Chicago. It holds a layout of pathways that become layered and visually complicated, signifying the overwhelming nature of social and economic systems that shape communities. Each piece is in the show embedded with narratives of the city’s landscape and encourages the audience to consider issues of class and race that lie beneath capitalists systems.
The work responds to a density of negative media coverage of Chicago's Westside, which creates a psychic mass, an overlay that can at times is tense and aggressive. Citizens who live in lower-income neighborhoods contends with these constructs daily. The local community newspapers provide a counterpoint to mainstream media and the dominant narratives of how one sees it. Mainstream media builds off negative stereotypes, which often seem unreasonable to lived neighborhood life. This local reporting communicates perspectives that are often overlooked -celebrating local achievements, talented people, creative events, strength, and the joy of community life.
Read more about the show here. curated by Mikva Challenge Youth with support by Meg Noe weinbergnewtongallery.com/exhibitions/m?