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3111 N. Western Ave

Chicago, IL 60618

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NIC Kay returns to Links Hall w/ a book release and the first part of their performance series co-presented with Candor Arts.

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You are invited to the first ever sharing of the labor of love COTTON DREAMS. The evening will consist of a performance, talk, and reception.

COTTON DREAMS is a performance.

COTTON DREAMS is a performance that is a book.

COTTON DREAMS is a book that is a self portrait.

COTTON DREAMS is a series self portraits which chronicle what happens when you take

things from strangers.

COTTON DREAMS is text that wrestles with altering, obscure, and mundane moments that

encouraged me to take a hard look in the mirror.

COTTON DREAMS is a reflection of self making through clothing in the 21st century whilst in the shadow of materialism, the history of slavery in the americas, and object-hood.

Pre-order COTTON DREAMS here.

NIC Kay is an artist who was born in the Bronx, NY. They began their

career as an actor and performer working with playwrights,

choreographers, fashion designers, photographers, and conceptual

artists. The usage of their body as material lead them to interrogate

the power relationship between author and subject.

Through movement explorations in nightclubs and on the internet, in

2010 NIC began to develop a solo practice concerned with performance

in all its forms in relation to desire and artifice. They are obsessed

with the act and process of moving, the change of place, production of

space, position, and the clarity or meaning obtained from shifting of

perspective. NIC approaches space and objects with a choreographic

motivation and the body with a sculptural eye. They attempt to use all

the tools and materials of performative spaces; theaters, galleries,

streets, nightclubs a.o. to recreate moments of glitch - interruption

- pause.

NIC Kay has been a LMCC Workspace Artist in Residence (2019 - 2018),

Pioneer Works Artist in Residence (2018), Museum of Art and Design

Performance Artist in Residence (2018), Dance and Process participant

at The Kitchen, Dancing While Black Fellow (2018), MANCC Forward

Dialogues Fellow (2018), Movement Research Van Lier Fellow (2018 -

2017), Links Hall LinkUp Artist in Residence (2015), recipient of the

Chances Dances Marc Aguhar Memorial Grant (2014), and EMERGENYC

participant at The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics


Their works have been performed in spaces such as the Pomona College

Museum of Art (Claremont), P.S.1 MOMA (New York City), Akademie der

Künste (Berlin, G), Kampnagel (Hamburg,G), Institute for the

Contemporary Art London ( London, UK), Indianapolis Museum of

Contemporary Art ( Indianapolis), Contemporary Arts Center (

Cincinnati ), Luminary Art (St. Louis ), ONTHEBOARDS (Seattle),

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (Toronto), PICA (Portland), and Oberon

Theatre (Boston). They have exhibited work at the CCA Wattis Institute

(San Francisco), Gallery 400 (Chicago), and Woman Made Gallery


They have published their first book COTTON DREAMS with Candor Arts.

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