High Concept Labs and the Borderbend Arts Collective present Chicago Calling: Move / Remove // Place / Displace, exploring migration, immigration, and gentrification—in Pilsen, across Chicago, and around the world. The multidisciplinary exhibit features visual art, poetry readings, artistic contributions by children and teens, and live music.
Like much of Chicago, Pilsen is a neighborhood in transition. Some of those changes are seen and felt quickly, while other changes reveal themselves slowly over years and generations. Chicago Calling: Move / Remove // Place / Displace bears witness to these changes, and presents dynamic interdisciplinary art to participate actively in the process.
Works to be presented at 4 PM include:
— an artist talk by Shir Ende
— presentation by Janina Ciezadlo
— artwork by Chicago Public School students created in response to a mural by Marcos Raya
— a screening of Broadway Corners by Orin Buck
— panel discussion “Immigration, Gentrification, Arts and Activism” with Sofia Cintora, Arturo Barrera, Tony Diaz, Amanda Gutierrez and Lupe Mendez
And at 7 PM:
Out of the map: a collective itinerary of displacements by Amanda Gutierrez
Out of the map is a critical itinerary in collaboration with Pilsen Alliance and Film Front, which utilizes a group walk as a reflective tool—revising the role of community centers that have been closed, displaced, or played historically important roles in the development of the Pilsen neighborhood. The walk is meant to be a collective process of memory, inviting three collaborators with their own historical narrative, who have studied or participated in the featured organizations and cultural centers.
The walk features Casa Aztlan, Thalia Hall (highlighting its role with the Bohemian community) and Yollocalli Arts Reach. The walk will finish at Film Front, and followed by a short screening of a documentary about gentrification, followed by a reflection of the topic by the public and the organizers.
Move / Remove // Place / Displace is a featured event of the Tenth Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival, a multi-arts collaboration festival. Collaborations include a range of art forms, from music and dance to film, literature, and intermedia. The 2015 Chicago Calling Arts Festival is part of the 20th Annual Chicago Artists Month, and is presented by the Borderbend Arts Collective.
Borderbend presents boundary-pushing arts programming by connecting artists with communities to create year-round musical, literary and multi-arts programs involving new and unique arts practices. Our programs include site-specific events; arts education programs; collaborations among local, regional, and international artists and organizations; and work presented on web-based platforms — all with the goal of building community.
Annual Borderbend programs include the Chicago Calling Arts Festival and Mingus Awareness Project. Borderbend partners with other organizations to enrich and extend the reach of its programs which have involved artists, organizations, and communities from the U.S. and beyond. borderbend.org