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Artist Talk – Letters from Home ONLINE

November 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join Curators Emily England (Swedish American Museum) and Marcus Modh (Arvika Konsthall) as we discuss our upcoming joint exhibit project, “Letters From Home” with artists Areej Al Mansory, Andrea Carlson, and Luis Sahagun. Four contemporary artists, two based in Sweden and two in Chicago, will learn about historical Swedish immigration to the United States and current immigration issues before creating artworks reinterpreting a series of historical letters from the Swedish American Museum’s permanent collection. Learn about the project, experience some of the letters from our archives, and hear what drew the artists to this project. Sponsored by MacArthur International Connections Fund.

Register at museum@samac.org or 773.728.8111 for the zoom code

Andrea Carlson
Andrea Carlson (b. 1979) is a visual artist currently living in Chicago, Illinois. Through painting and drawing, Carlson cites entangled cultural narratives and institutional authority relating to objects based on the merit of possession and display. Current research activities include Indigenous Futurism and assimilation metaphors in film. Her work has been acquired by institutions such as the British Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the National Gallery of Canada. Carlson was a 2008 McKnight Fellow and a 2017 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors grant recipient.

Luis Sahagun
Luis Sahagun was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico in 1982. His grandfather came to the United States in the 1940s under the Bracero Program, working in Chicago Height’s steel industry. Sahagun’s mother and father found work in the field in the late 1970s, and Luis was brought to this country in 1985, living undocumented until he was naturalized in 1995 under Ronald Reagan’s Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Sahagun, a 2001 graduate of Chicago Height’s Bloom High School, earned his BFA from Southern Illinois University in 2006 and his MFA in painting from Northern Illinois University in 2015. He has participated in multiple solo, juried, invitational, and national exhibits in the U.S and Mexico. In addition to being featured in New American Paintings (Issue #111), Luis’ work has also been showcased at the International Exposition of Contemporary Art (expo) Chicago,the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center, and the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago.  He has held residencies at Arquetopia Oaxaca, Roswell New Mexico, Chicago Artist Coalition, Mana Contemporary in Miami, and Michigan State University in East Lansing.

Areej Al Mansory
Even as a child, I have always dreamt of becoming an artist. I studied at the Art Institute and the Academy of Fine Arts in Baghdad for eight years. There, I learned painting, graphics, collage, and mosaic from competent and well-talented teachers. My father is a well-known artist in Iraq from whom I also acquired much experience in arts and painting. I grew up with the smell of oil paint, and this smell evokes positive memories which are always dear to me, and I value them so much. Basically, I majorly specialize in working with oil and acrylic. My paintings are colorful and often abstract expressionist art.

Nisrine Boukhari
Nisrine Boukhari Is a conceptual artist, lives in Vienna and Stockholm. In her art-based research projects, she uses language to invoke a distinctive mind’s energy on discovering a new terrain of the imagination implicating the body as well as the mind in an immersive poetic and conceptual experience by using conceptual writing, fragmentation and deconstructed narrative. Her artistic practice emerged from the study of the art walking through the mental driven movement of the body into different aspects. In recent years, she uses the drifting mind as part of her long-term research on the state of Mind-Wandering where she investigates the effects of trauma on the human psyche and the use of the artistic practice in a therapeutic trajectory on how as an artist can create visual/textual environments where viewers experience their own perceptual processing through the art experience. Thus, Boukhari has coined the term Wanderism and announced as a State of Mind.

Nisrine will be unable to participate live in the November program but is our fourth artist.


November 29
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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