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.
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.”
Aside from the exhibition itself, Asha is also organizing several accompanying events. On October 29, 2021, Asha Iman is organizing an Artist Talk with three RAISIN exhibition artists:
- Tran Tran, a creative whose work explores the immaterial and the physical.
- Unyimeabasi Udoh, an artist who focuses on how systems of knowledge are built and maintained.
- Diya Khurana, a Mumbai based artist who works in lithography, screen prints, photo, and interactive art.
While the authors focus on different aspects of “home” in their art, they all “share memories of family and home, based on photos and objects,” the official event program explains. You can learn more about the artists in this event program. The live conversation will be moderated by SAIC Being a Woman of Color in the Arts class.
To register for the event, go to this eventbrite 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.