PUBLIC SQUARE

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Every time we're out protesting and we get to achieve our goal of actually marching to our destined location, or we can drop a banner where we wish, or we can occupy space and successfully let the public know why we are occupying that space - those are, very much so, memories that we cherish.  Everything that we're doing is for community."

 

- ISIAH THOUGHTPOET VENEY, PHOTOGRAPHER

From streets occupied by marches for racial justice, to barricaded river ports, the spaces that mark our usual paths through the world have been transformed by the pandemic. These throughways have become paths for contagion and connection.

How has your relationship to shared places and public spaces changed during the pandemic?

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NEIGHBORHOOD ART

Sights from the neighborhoods we call home.  Street artists shared messages of hope, protest, and inspiration as Chicago was in quarantine.

PROTESTS FOR
RACIAL & SOCIAL JUSTICE

Chicago native Isiah ThoughtPoet Veney shares photos and an interview capturing the spirit of activism on the street.

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ARTISTS' RESPONSES
TO INEQUITY

Using a variety of media, artists in the Chicago area responded to the injustices exposed by the Pandemic's sociopolitical ramifications.

PRESENTE EN LA MINGA

As political violence surged amid pandemic lock-downs, a  mass mobilization for Indigenous and environmental rights occupied Bogotá, Colombia in October 2020.

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POETREE

Chicago resident Sarah Hinojosa hoped to brighten people's quarantines through a simple act: posting classic, relevant poems on trees in her neighborhood.