video still image curtesy of Kelley O’Brien: Liberty is the freedom to do exactly what you’ve been doing 

States of Democracy 

and Borderstasis by Guillermo Gómez-Peña 

Exhibit Dates January 23 to February 20, 2020

Opening Reception Thursday January 23 at 7:30pm 

Sonnenschein and Albright Galleries 

Durand Art Institute
Lake Forest College

555 North Sheridan Road

847 735 5181

Contact David Sanchez Burr 

States of Democracy Artists 

Mia Adams

Hina Barlas

Yasmina Chavez

Jake Dockins

Lindsay Garcia

Martin Krafft

Micheal Marks

Ashanti McGee

Stacy Arezou Mehrfar

Kelley O’Brien

Juried by David Sanchez Burr, Danielle Kelly and Rebecca Goldberg

Curated by David Sanchez Burr 

Crucial to the success of democracy stand the challenges of equal representation, justice and human rights. Progress towards these goals can be fragile and recent election cycles have created salient evidence that deep regressions in democratic systems are warnings we must take seriously. 

Driven to explore states of democracy, poignant artworks are effective vehicles through which we encourage discourse and provide opportunities to critique, examine and reflect on the impact democracy has on our lives. The Artists chosen for this exhibit all brought to bear interesting interpretations through which we can think of democracy.

The exhibit focuses on a variety of subjects that help form a broad representation of  democracy. The work in this exhibition was selected for its potential as a collective of work capable of transmitting experiences, interpretations, situations and language associated with a laundry list of socio-political issues present in society. Each artist brings forth a valuable perspective and the cumulative effect of viewing their work makes one more aware of a distinctly convoluted state of democracy. The intent of the exhibit is to pierce through the mediated and prescribed notions of ourselves and find patient reflection on how to address the challenges ahead.

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