Zine Intervention at AI Chicago
During the 2016 Latino Art Now conference in Chicago I was passing out a small zine of sketches for a new series of work The Disaster of Walls. The zine is a great tool for getting work into people's hands and getting some of the stories happening on the border beyond the border. I also placed a number of zines at the Art Institute in Chicago. Zines were left in the bathrooms, information desks, galleries and with visitors. The absence of any contemporary brown, red or indigenous artist in the 'modern' wing of the museum is striking. So this was a micro-intervention to get some of that work in there. One the most impactful experiences was handing the zines to a migrant from Honduras, who had never been to the museum. He moved to Chicago to work construction and had been living there for two years. I wondered how someone like that feels walking through a space that has no work that specifically resonates with their experience. This is an ongoing project and will continue to develop.