Archiving Social Justice in Chicago
This public discussion and presentation of local social-change art projects features Hull-House collaborators past and present. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum’s current exhibition, True Peace: the Presence of Justice, highlights Chicago artist-activists Monica Trinidad and Sarah-Ji. Trinidad, cofounder of Brown and Proud Press and For the People Artists Collective, uses her art practice to push for spaces where both artists and organizers recognize the necessity of cultural organizing in effecting social change and imagining alternatives to policing and prisons. Sarah-Ji, a prison abolitionist and organizer, creates photography that documents Chicago’s extensive social-justice organizing. Their work will catalyze a discussion on “useful art,” the archive, and documenting social change.
This program is inspired by the exhibit Arte Útil Archive, courtesy Tania Bruguera and Asociacion de Arte Útil, currently on view at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum.