in care of Black women

in care of Black women was founded as a creative place keeping initiative anchored on the southside of Chicago to cooperatively activate vacant lots and building cartographies of care. Together, Andrea Yarbrough, Chandra Christmas-Rouse, and Ebere Agwuncha are collaborators for the 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennial. in care of Black Women work seeks to answer the question: "Given the complexities and varying modes of care, how might we create sites of care that speak to our evolving needs and circumstances?" Through site activation and programming, in care of Black women encourages a space for community members to reimagine how previously neglected terrains can be infused with joy and take on a new life.
Andrea Yarbrough. Courtesy of in c/o: Black women / Marcus Yarbrough
Andrea is a Chicago-based educator, maker, and curator. Her research asks how we might reactivate neglected spaces as sites of care through a blend of art praxis, civic engagement, and urban agriculture.
Chandra Christmas-Rouse. Courtesy of in c/o: Black women / Christopher Dylan
Chandra is an urban planner and multidisciplinary artist. Her community development and environmental justice background inform her design approach of working with community stakeholders in a participatory process to support capacity building, achieve place-based solutions, and reimagine systems.
Ebere Agwuncha. Courtesy of in c/o: Black women.
Ebere is a Chicago-based, Igbo designer, maker, and researcher. Her conceptual work explores archived artifacts and images from the African Diaspora, preserving them into contemporary iterations through object design and abstract processing video.

Past Works

in c/o: Black Women activation of fabricated objects (reading circle for Black women) 

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Andrea Yarbrough and Ebere Agwuncha fabricating tables for in c/o: Black Women 

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Andrea Yarbrough and Chandra Christmas Rouse prototyping sittable objects

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Objects designed and fabricated by Courtesy of in c/o: Black Women artists Chandra Christmas-Rouse, Kiayla Jackson, Andrea Yarbrough, and Ebere Agwuncha 

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