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RAISIN Artist Talk with Zhiyuan Yang, Kyle Bellucci Johanson & Maryam Taghavi



Landecker Democracy Fellow Asha Iman Veal has joined forces with the 6018 North experimental arts and culture space in Chicago, where her new exhibition titled RAISIN will take place this fall. This exhibition is a partner project of the Chicago Architecture Biennial 2021 and will feature over 30 tremendous artists.

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 directed by artist David Brown revolving around “the impact collective spaces can have in cities today.”

Accompanying Events

Aside from the exhibition itself, Asha is organizing several accompanying events. On October 8, Asha is organizing an Artist Talk with AISIN exhibiting artists:

  • Zhiyuan Yang – employs research strategy that combines masquerade, collaboration and participant observation.
  • Kyle Bellucci Johanson – directs a Chicago-based project space titled Table, which situates artist’s “practices through exhibition, discursive meals, and publication.”
  • Maryam Taghavi – locates agency in the role of the trickster.

This live conversation takes place on Zoom; rebroadcast on Lumpen Radio. To register, go to this eventbrite page. You can also find more information about the live conversation on the Chicago Architecture Biennial’s partner program’s page.

For more information about the RAISIN exhibition at 6018 North House Museum, which runs from September 17 through December 18, 2021, please visit the RAISIN at 6018 North official website.

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.