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COPIES AND TRANSFERS: Printmaking Workshop

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Gallery 400

400 South Peoria Street

Chicago, IL 60607

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COPIES AND TRANSFERS is a printmaking workshop by Tamara Becerra Valdez. Valdez will discuss the tools, techniques, and translation of ideas in relief and found object printmaking. Each participant will create an edition of “like” prints that will be equally redistributed among each other to create a Trade Portfolio. Valdez is an artist participating in the exhibition All things share the same breath at Gallery 400 and is involved with the project, Political Ecology as Practice: A Regional Approach to the Anthropocene.

As an extension of Tamara Becerra Valdez’s ongoing project, In Decent Shape: A Printing Station of the Left Behind, Ditched, Dumped, and Discarded, this printmaking workshop explores new terrain and textural memory found in disposed and abandoned materials. Through ink applied to the surface, the process of marking, pressing, and rubbing by hand reveals recessed overlooked details and faint residues of the object material. Copies and transfers are accumulated for each remnant in contact with paper, speaking to the passing of time, memory, and the discovery of what is left behind.

**This workshop has a limited number of spaces.**

***This is a fun and messy workshop and you will get paint on your clothing. Please dress comfortably in something you do not mind getting paint on!***




ABOUT THE ARTIST

Tamara Becerra Valdez uses photography, video, printmaking, and installation alongside an adoption of methods in archaeology and ethnography to consider how historical topographies can be discovered in traces and fragments in the urban social landscape. Through intervening methodologies and chance encounters, she observes the uses, meanings, and functions of discarded materials. The ephemeral nature of human behavior leaves an impression in her work.




ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

This program is presented in conjunction with All things share the same breath, an exhibition that emerges out of a two-year interdisciplinary, collaborative project in which groups of anthropologists, archaeologists, art historians, artists, geographers, and scientists have been investigating the politics of the environment and how the changing climate is experienced and negotiated across the world. The exhibition considers our relationship to the earth, and how that relationship is mediated by outside forces.

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