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Rachel Cassandra and Lauren Gucik – “Women Street Artists of Latin America: Art Without Fear” – Book Talk and Stencil Workshop

June 22, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

Join co-authors Rachel Cassandra and Lauren Gucik for a short presentation of photos and stories where they discuss topics of the artist’s practice, women empowerment, art as a tool for social change, among others through the lens of women street artists working in Latin America. Directly following the presentation, Lauren and Rachel will teach simple stencil making. Stenciling is a popular form of guerilla art but it is also a fun and quick way to make pieces of art for the home or wearable designs. Bring a t-shirt or tote bag and paint directly onto items. Or get even wackier and bring an old toaster, broken record, or some other random object to decorate! They will also supply paper and pieces of fabric for experimentation! (For younger participants we will make stamps!) Stencils, paint and paper will be provided.

Co-sponsored by Hyde Park Art Center

At 57th Street Books

About the book: “Women Street Artists of Latin America: Art without Fear/ Grafiteras y Muralistas de América Latina: Arte sin Miedo” details a rarely explored perspective of street art. More than twenty female artists from 7 countries discuss themes of social justice, artists process, community, visibility, feminism, and more. A bilingual edition packed with full-color photographs and interviews, this revealing exploration of contemporary street art includes work from Colombia, Peru, Panama, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Mexico.

About Rachel Cassandra: Rachel Cassandra is a freelance writer and designer based in San Francisco, CA. She graduated from Wesleyan University where she studied psychology, sociology and creative writing. Since graduating she’s lived in Seattle, Tucson, Alaska, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Indonesia, where she was a Darmasiswa scholar, studying traditional crafts. She has written for Bitch Media, the SFist, Running Times, and Narratively, and she writes regularly for Juxtapoz. Find her on Twitter as CassandRachel.

About Lauren Gucik: Lauren Gucik is an artist and community organizer from Northeast Ohio. She graduated with a degree in Theatre Arts from Indiana University where she ran an underground theatre company. She has worked with the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Brava Theatre and for Precita Eyes Mural Project as a children’s art teacher. She is currently a member of the Community Advisory Panel at KQED, the Bay Area’s public media station and organizes the Dia de Los Muertos Festival of Altars with the Marigold Project.


June 22, 2016
6:00 pm


57th Street Books


57th Street Books
1301 E 57th St
Chicago, IL 60637 United States

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