This event was organized by 2:2:2 Exchange artists Edra Soto and Gabriel Martinez.
Kristin Korolowicz and Teresa Silva will guide an open discussion with the Houston community to address how artists, both directly and indirectly, impact the communities around them. This discussion will focus on the role of the artist within the complex politics of gentrification. Gentrification is loosely defined as “the process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces poorer residents.” With the intentions of sharing experiences and exchanging knowledge, we will begin by asking: What are the mechanisms of gentrification? How does it work? What role(s) do artists play within this rapidly growing economic force? Who benefits from the gentrification of urban neighborhoods? And, finally, in what ways can artists innovatively resist contributing to this process?
With this subject in mind, we aim to catalyze an exploratory conversation about artistic exchanges between creative communities in other cities. Artist residency exchanges foster connections and the sharing of ideas and knowledge that tap into the creative production of a specific geographical region. Intimate and open discussions could lead to fostering new avenues for collaboration and nurture artistic relationships.
About the Speakers
Teresa Silva is a writer, curator, and the Director of the Exhibitions & Residencies at the Chicago Artists Coalition. She is a member of the artist-run spaces: Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Chicago), Video Game Art (VGA) Gallery (Chicago), and Exgirlfriend (Berlin).
Kristin Korolowicz is an independent curator and writer. She has worked previously at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Bass Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. As the Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellow at the MCA Chicago, she co-curated Theaster Gates’s “13th Ballad,” an extension of his multifaceted project for dOCUMENTA (13), with chief curator Michael Darling. Korolowicz also curated solo exhibitions of commissioned works by Gaylen Gerber and José Lerma. Her current independent curatorial research interests include investigating multivalent forms of collaboration. Over the course of her career, she has worked with an array of emerging to established artists, such as: Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh, Roman Ondák, Mark Dion, Felipe Mujica & Johanna Unzueta, Laurent Grasso, Sanford Biggers, Glenn Kaino, Victoria Martinez, Chemi Rosado-Seijo, and Jillian Mayer, among others. She earned her MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts.