The two colleges are an act of remembering and honoring where I come from. They include images of my grandmother, mother, and a set of instructions I found in a gardening magazine. I found it striking that a little orange flag is used as an indicator of where something once existed–a marking tool for something that may reemerge after a seasonal change. Being an artist is my way of being a flag, able to recall what my lineage means to me and the stories tied to a strong matriarchal lineage.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Silvia Inés Gonzalez is a multi-disciplinary artist, cultural worker, and educator in Chicago actively participating in spaces where collective wellness takes on critical dialogue, art making, and community building. Her visual and audio work are a ballad to nostalgia–the borderline between myth and memory. Silvia has curated and facilitated workshops to address structures of power, imagination, play, confinement, and freedom. Her work has been exhibited at The Chicago Cultural Center, The National Mexican Museum of Art, Woman Made Gallery, Hyde Park Art Center, and ACRE.
She is a member of the Chicago ACT Collective, the 96 ACRES Project, and has a studio at Chicago Art Department. As an organizer and administrator for the group POC (People of Color) Artist Space, she connects artists of color from across Chicago to resources through meet-ups and development opportunities. She was awarded with the 3Arts Make A Wave Award in 2018 and the CAC + OtherPeoplesPixels Maker Grant in 2020.
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