University of Chicago DoVA booth at EXPO Chicago 2015 with dado, Jinn Bronwen Lee, Nick Raffel, Sophia Rhee, Ramyar Vala, and Danny Volk

materials: nylon, thread, grommets
60 x 756 x 0.03125 in

[This piece, which reads “TRAUMA CENTER NOW,” references the then contemporary demand for the University of Chicago to reopen its Level-1 trauma center on the south side of Chicago. Community organizers had been demonstrating for this cause for years. While I do not usually write about my own work, I would criticize this piece for being a gesture disconnected from the efforts of Black people on the south side working to effect real change in their community.]

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