I’ll have a report up soon about how the first event went. In the meantime, if you’re in or near Chicago on 9 December, please visit the Green Lantern Gallery (2542 W. Chicago Ave.) at 7pm to see/hear/experience three performances and presentations from four artists who are making word-based art in very different ways:
Rachel Gontijo Araujo speaks Portuguese, writes in English and is located at an unequal distance between. She is the co-founder of A Bolha Editora, an in-translation press with headquarters in Brasilia.
Amira Hanafi is a writer and artist using variable methods of research and collection to produce documentary objects. Currently, she is working with an assemblage of material collected on a four-month drift in Cairo, Egypt. She is the author of Minced English, Trinities, and Forgery (forthcoming from Green Lantern Press, 2011). Her work has appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Diagram, Matrix, Requited, and Sleepingfish. She teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Keiler Roberts was born in 1978 in Wisconsin. After studying art at the University of Wisconsin and Northwestern University, she made paintings and drawings for ten years, and then happily switched to comics. She now lives in Evanston, Illinois and teaches at DePaul University in Chicago.
Hyojin An is a visual artist currently studying at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her text-based work playfully explores the often invisible politics of English, and the creative challenges of making art in a second language:
…I hope you can join us!