SkyART, Weinberg/Newton Gallery and Arts + Public Life present Can You See Me?, a collaborative three-part exhibition exploring the impact incarceration has on young people. Across three galleries, artwork by young incarcerees, contemporary artists, and arts-justice organizations explores themes of ascendance, innocence and freedom. It includes Letter to the City: “Jail is not my home,” a collaborative project by Dutch video artist Kirsten Leenaars and Circles & Ciphers.
The multimedia exhibition Can You See Me? is on display on three locations, with individual opening dates:
● The primary exhibition opens at Weinberg/Newton Gallery (688 N. Milwaukee Ave.) on Oct. 14, with a reception from 5–7pm and remains on view until Dec. 21, 2022.
● The installation Freedom Space opens at Arts + Public Life (301 E Garfield Boulevard) on Oct. 21, with an reception from 5–7pm and remains on view until Dec. 16, 2022.
● SkyART’s (3026 S. 91st St.) installment of Can you see me? Envisioning the Future opens on Oct. 28, with an reception from 4–7pm and remains on view until Dec. 17, 2022.
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Video Project by Kirsten Leenaarts and Circles and Ciphers
Watch a preview of Kirsten Leenaarts’ video project A Letter to the City: “jail is not my home” below. The artist collaborated with 15 letter writers who are currently incarcerated and Circles & Ciphers – a hip hop based restorative justice organization in Rogers Park, Chicago. The film reflect on the ways the prison-industrial complex affects individuals, families, communities, and a city.