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Maria Gaspar

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In the hands of Maria Gaspar, sculpture, sound, performance, and installation are more than artistic mediums—they are tools for investigating “the politics of location.” An interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago, Gaspar uncovers and challenges traditional power dynamics, addressing what she calls “spatial justice” by exposing systemic imbalances and making visible those whose voices are often marginalized or silenced. She works in sites overlooked by history, employing an arsenal of creative tactics that vary in scale and duration, with the ultimate goal of liberation—for oppressed groups and neglected locales. Her recent projects include site-responsive interventions related to Chicago's Cook County Jail. Gaspar is a recipient of the Imagining Justice Award from the Art for Justice Fund, a Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship, a Creative Capital Award, and a Joan Mitchell Emerging Artist Grant. She is an assistant professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Born 1980, Chicago, USA; lives and works in Chicago, USA