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Citizen

Environmental Justice Sergio Macial

Located In: Hyndman Gallery, Brincka/Cross Gallery and Susan Block Gallery

In a world where power is king, the citizenship you hold is your key to access.

The United States of America, the world’s superpower. A country many seek to live the “American Dream,” but is it all that it is made out to be? How does a country leave such a cultural imprint on the world, with so many residents culturally unaware? Over the past decade, the US has rapidly begun to reveal its knack for division. With our human rights, health and mental wellbeing constantly in jeopardy, residents question the value of their citizenship and the loyalty of a country to its people. With a growing number of exoduses, one can only wonder how long will a nation watch its future unravel. Do we have the resiliency to unite, heal and grow together?

"Citizen," curated by Chicago artist Sam Kirk, explores the complex perspective of residents of the US as many communities struggle for justice, freedom and basic human rights. The exhibit focuses on excluded histories of marginalized communities and the current state of our residents as we all face the realities of climate change and political setbacks.

All artwork in the exhibition is by BIPOC, LGBTQ and FEMME creatives.

Sam Kirk is Chicago based multidisciplinary artist, who explores culture and identity politics. Her artwork focuses on a call to celebrate differences and enact change. Vivid and powerful images of women, members of the LGBTQ community and those who have historically been underrepresented are celebrated in narratives that share the journeys that have made them who they are.

Artwork Shown: Sergio Maciel, Environmental Justice, 2020