The 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial will draw over 40 contributors and partners across the city and beyond; here are some of the stand-out attractions.
By Jamie Evelyn Goldsborough
This May, the Chicago Architecture Biennial announced this year’s participants for the upcoming …and other such stories biennial. Architects, designers, and artists from all over the world will participate in projects that engage with land, memory, rights, and civic participation.
“For this year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial, the curatorial focus brings to light architectural stories that are often overshadowed by more familiar narratives,” said executive director Todd Palmer. “The Chicago contributors’ works for 2019 draw from their ongoing engagement with local communities working towards a more equitable architectural landscape in this city.”
Here is what we know so far about Chicago-based participants featured in the upcoming biennial:
Artist and University of Chicago professor Theaster Gates will center his project around the vacant buildings he has purchased in Chicago and the complexities of land ownership. When Gates originally purchased the buildings, there was a severe lack of interest in those areas due to violence and disinvestment from the city. He plans to create found poetry from the legal land documents between himself, the banks, and the city—what he claims are the pieces that no one sees but are intrinsically personal to him. Gates said, “I want to talk about my love of space, and how a commitment to contracts will ultimately create new opportunities for emerging artists and affordable housing.”
Artist Maria Gaspar will exhibit an interactive installation reflecting her artistic practice both inside and outside the Cook County Jail, located in her childhood neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side. “It will be interesting for me to see how my own spatial research engages with the broader field of architecture and how borders impact communities,” said Gaspar.
Read on >>>> Source: ArchPaper Here’s what we know about the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial so far