Join us at Cultura in Pilsen as we close our most popular art exhibit yet with an artist talk featuring The CHUP, JASSO, and NACO from the south side of Chicago. Ilene Palacios, from Cultura in Pilsen and Gozamos, will moderate the talk.
In this captivating collection, the work of three artists reveals the attractions to and manifestations of things that are a bit “hoodsy.” The exhibition displays pieces by three artists whose work reflects their individual narratives, symbols and memories that the artists hold in regards to their varied communities. Their work demonstrates the ways the spaces, people and imagery of their communities can be understood through valuing and reflecting on one’s culture and heritage as well as experiencing and resisting gentrification and commercialization. The CHUP, JASSO and NACO are connected by an interest in working in urban locations and responding to creative aesthetics associated with them. In addition to creating original art, these prolific artists also curate, organize and create programming and art projects in the hoods of Blue Island, Gage Park, La Villita/Little Village, Midway, Pilsen and South Chicago, incorporating their skills and background in murals, street art, screen printing, painting, drawing, teaching and a general focus on visual art.