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Asha Iman Veal moderator of Placemaking & Community Live Conversations



As part of the RAISIN exhibition, Asha Iman Veal is organizing Placemaking & Community Live Conversations. On October 15, 5pm CEST/11am EDT, she will hold a roundtable discussion on approaches to community-building through art and education.

The live conversation will feature:

  • Nayeli Vega, RAISIN exhibiting artist (Berlin)
  • Max Guy, RAISIN exhibiting artist (Chicago)
  • Chip Moody, RAISIN exhibiting artist (Chicago)
  • Landecker Fellow Zawdie Sandvliet, social studies teacher and a professor of Afro-Dutch Studies at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (Amsterdam)

The live conversation will take place online and will be moderated by Asha and SAIC Curating in the Expanded Field Class. For more information and to register, you can visit this eventbrite page.

The RAISIN Exhibition

Asha Iman’s new RAISIN exhibition is inspired by the play A Raisin in the Sun and its author Lorraine Hansberry. Following its Broadway debut in 1959, A Raisin in the Sun has been translated into 30 languages and produced in cities globally, pointing to various local struggles against injustice. 

This exhibition is a partner project of the Chicago Architecture Biennial 2021 and will feature over 30 tremendous artists. The Chicago Architecture Biennial is a free event hosted biannually at the historic Chicago Culture Center. For this year’s edition, the concept revolves around the Available City, an inquiry direct by artist David Brown revolving around “the impact collective spaces can have in cities today.”

Asha Iman is one of thirty Landecker Democracy Fellows. This fellowship, a collaboration between the Alfred Landecker Foundation and Humanity in Action, was created to strengthen a new generation of leaders whose approaches to political and social challenges can become catalysts for democratic placemaking and community building. Read more about the fellowship here.