Like any city, Chicago is composed of a complex set of relationships that work in concert to cultivate a unique identity. Connections between neighbors, friends and acquaintances create opportunities whose scope is beyond calculation and influence exceeds territorial boundaries. The climate of globalization creates a duality enabling travel and communication between individuals of diverse backgrounds and can simultaneously thwart interpersonal interactions favoring efficiency over quality of experience. In reaction to the tendency of impersonal experience, some artists have focused their work on rebuilding mutually beneficial relationships that reestablish the intimacy of community. Increasing meaningful community interactions is the focus of this exhibition proposal and working with the notion of relationship building and exchange of knowledge, the artists included would specifically incorporate the residents of Chicago.
Focused on site‐specific projects rooted in conversation, exchange and sincerity, the work of artists Lise Haller Baggesen (Chicago, USA), Gitte Bog (Mexico City, MEX), Gudrun Hasle (Copenhagen, DK) , Anni Holm (Chicago, USA) and Berit Nørgaard (Copenhagen, DK) serve as the launching point for this exhibition. Our interests lie in creating site‐specific experiences that engage the community of Chicago.