A Long Walk Home, Inc. (ALWH), founded by Scheherazade and Salamishah Tillet, is a Chicago-based national non-profit that uses art to educate, inspire, and mobilize young people to end violence against girls and women.
In collaboration with ALWH, we showcased the “Visibility Project”, a one-day public art program on July 26 2018 by black girls and young women from throughout the city of Chicago. As a featured participant in and partner with the Chicago Park District's Night Out in the Parks and Monument Lab. A Long Walk Home's Girl/Friends artists and activists included live performances, a photography exhibition, DJ, and the "Healing Tree," a special tribute to the living memory of Rekia Boyd and recently missing Black girls. This dynamic gathering will recognize the important contributions black girls make to their communities, to Chicago, and our country and highlight their creative responsesto their experiences of invisibility in conversations, institutions, and movements for gender and racial equality in the United States.
The goal of this performance is to identify and exaggerate various aspects of social relationships and, through performed embodiment, create a spectacle and space to talk about them. Apart from illustration and research, this performance is another way to make visible the hidden dimensions of human interaction. The experiences of the performers, as well as the photo and video documentation will serve as the data to further analyze these conditions.
Organizing logics: There are three spatial concepts this performance explores: Threshold, Intersection, and Volume. For the purposes of this thesis, each of these are derived from architecture and applied to personal interaction. The three concepts are explored at first as simple pedestrian behavior, secondly as exaggerated pedestrian behavior, and lastly using props such as fabric and door frames to make a more literal connection to architecture. With each iteration of concept, the performance becomes more evident, culminating in a final, exceptionally obvious audience space making action. - Nathan Rennich
Student for Reproductive Justice Loyola University Zines
Students for Reproductive Justice functions as a collective of organized students that demand Loyola University Chicago provides comprehensive reproductive healthcare. Until these demands are met, Students for Reproductive Justice will continue to organize and advocate for Loyola University Chicago to provide its students the resources to care for the whole self, the reproductive system included.
As the visiting artist, I attend group meetings to gather stories from the group which later are transformed into zines as take-a-ways for the student body to familiarize themselves with the organization.