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FilmYard Screening of Radioactive: Stories from Beyond the Wall.

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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 artist 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.

Radioactive: Stories from Beyond the Wall is a series of community-engaged radio/visual broadcasts located between the largest architecture of Chicago’s West Side, the Cook County Jail, and the working-class residential area of the Lawndale communities. Radioactive centers the voices of those currently incarcerated by broadcasting and projecting intimate and creative stories from inside Cook County Jail to outside its' border. On September 15-16, 2018, the project debuted in a large-scale public art event at the north-end wall of Cook County Jail. Community members, passersby, and members of the ensemble gathered to watch the North-side wall bordering the Cook County jail become a screen transformed by audio and animations created by currently and previously detained individuals.

Radioactive is supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Artist As Activist Fellowship and the Creative Capital Foundation.

Maria Gaspar is an interdisciplinary artist whose work addresses issues of spatial justice in order to amplify, mobilize, or divert structures of power through individual and collective gestures. Through installation, sculpture, sound, and performance, Gaspar's practice situates itself within historically marginalized sites and spans multiple formats, scales, and durations to produce liberatory actions. 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's projects have been supported by the Art for Justice Fund, the Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship, the Creative Capital Award, the Joan Mitchell Emerging Artist Grant, and the Art Matters Foundation. Maria has received the Sor Juana Women of Achievement Award in Art and Activism from the National Museum of Mexican Art, and the Chamberlain Award for Social Practice from the Headlands Center for the Arts. Gaspar has lectured and exhibited extensively at venues including the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; the African American Museum, Philadelphia, PA; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. She is an Assistant Professor at the School of 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

Lead Artist: Maria Gaspar

Videography: Scrappers Film Group

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