Aram Han Sifuentes and Verónica Casado Hernández

The Protest Banner Lending Library

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October 19-November 17, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, October 19, 6-9 p.m.

Free Public Workshops: Friday, October 19, 6-9 p.m. and Wednesday, November 7, 6-9 p.m. (Stop by at these times and learn to make a banner with the artists!)

The gallery will exhibit Sifuentes and Hernández’s project The Protest Banner Lending Library, a socially-engaged fiber art project comprised of protest banners the artists have sewn themselves and as part of sewing circles. During the run of the exhibition, Cardinal will display the artists’ banners and facilitate their distribution to interested groups and individuals who can use them in protests and public actions.

This project builds community by providing a communal space to learn about creating banners, by supporting community voices, and by allowing visitors to “check-out” handmade banners that can be used in protests. Sifuentes describes the banners as possessing a “growing history. They are made by someone, used in a protest, returned to the library, and then taken by someone else to a different protest. The banners carry the histories of the hands that made and hold them, and the places they have and will travel.”

Aram Han Sifuentes is a fiber, social practice, and performance artist based in Chicago, where she teaches at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a 2016 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow, a 2017 Sustainable Arts Foundation Awardee and currently an Artist in Residence at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. Her work has been exhibited and performed at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Chicago Cultural Center, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Asian Arts Initiative, Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum, Centro de Textiles del Mundo Maya, and the Design Museum in London.

Verónica Casado Hernández is a visual artist, cultural historian, and founding member of the research-based feminist collective The Great Social Evil. She has Fiber Arts degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA) and from The Maryland Institute College of Art. She has exhibited internationally and is currently a Hatch Resident at the Chicago Artist Coalition.