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FilmYard Screening Maria Gaspar - 96 Acres

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Maria Gaspar presenting recent work examining the impact of incarceration at the Cook County Jail. Q and A to follow

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Please join us for an evening of art as social practice with award winning artist and filmmaker Maria Gaspar presenting recent work examining the impact of incarceration at the Cook County Jail on Chicago’s West Side and beyond. Following the screening there will be an audience Q & A with Maria Gaspar.

96 Acres Project is a series of community-engaged, site-responsive art projects that involve community stakeholders’ ideas about social and restorative justice issues. 96 Acres Project and its collaborators aim to generate alternative narratives reflecting on art, power, and responsibility by presenting insightful and informed collective responses for the transformation of a prison that occupies 96 acres of metropolitan Chicago. For more information on this ongoing project, please visit the comprehensive website, 96acres.org.

Maria Gaspar is an interdisciplinary artist negotiating the politics of location through installation, sculpture, sound, and performance. Her work includes sound performances at a military site in New Haven ("Sounds for Liberation"); appropriations of museum archives ("Brown Brilliance Darkness Matter"); and audio-video works, documenting a jail located in her childhood neighborhood ("On the Border of What is Formless and Monstrous"). Gaspar has exhibited at venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Jack Shainman Gallery, and Philadelphia’s African American Museum. Gaspar is the recipient of an Imagining Justice Art Grant, a Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship, an Art Matters Grant, a Creative Capital Award, a Joan Mitchell Emerging Artist Grant, a Sor Juana Women of Achievement Award in Art and Activism from the National Museum of Mexican Art, and a Chamberlain Award for Social Practice at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Gaspar was named Chicagoan of the Year in the Arts in 2014 by art critic and historian, Lori Waxman. She is an Assistant Professor at the Art Institute of Chicago, holds an MFA in Studio Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

Length: 90 minutes

Director: Maria Gaspar

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