Real Life Connections

Real Life Connections
Artist Talk with 2:2:2 Exchange Resident Edra Soto
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 | 6pm | 2521 Holman

As part of her time in the 2:2:2 Exchange, Chicago-based artist Edra Soto will discuss parallels between sectors at Project Row Houses and of her community of East Garfield Park, a historic African American neighborhood in the city of Chicago. The conversation will focus on Soto's latest project Open 24 Hours, neighborhood documentation led by her civic concerns that unfolds the historic and contemporary connections between African Americans and cognac. She will also discuss her collaborations with her husband Dan Sullivan: THE FRANKLIN, an outdoor project space located in East Garfield Park of Chicago, and Dominodomino, a social piece inspired by public gathering spaces and cross disciplinary practices. 

Following the talk, Soto will offer an open house experience titled Home Feelings. Home Feelings explores the domestic space as a site for social gathering, production, and interaction. Art and ephemera displayed respond to this site geographically, metaphorically and literally. Diverse formats will harmonize and complement the row house that currently serves as Soto’s temporary home part of the 2:2:2 Exchange. 

To date, collaborations – which will be ongoing – include Cammie Lemons, Payton Lemons, Denise Liebl, Dan Hojnacki, Diana Gabriel, Jimmy Jones, Tania Breton, Jesse Lott, the Young Mothers Residential Program, Alex Tu, Gerardo Rosales, Ivory Louriyne, Robert Hodge, Laura A. L. Wellen, Ruslana Lichtzier, Ryan N. Dennis, and DJ Patrick Kinkeade. 

About the Artist

Edra Soto is a Chicago-based artist, educator, curator, and co-director of the artist-run outdoor project space THE FRANKLIN. She obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000.

Venues presenting Soto's work in 2017 include: Sector 2337, The Arts Club of Chicago, the University Galleries at Illinois State University, Museo de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Skowhegan and the Pérez Art Museum Miami.

This year Soto will be attending residencies at Project Row Houses in Houston, TX, the Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, WI, the Robert Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, FL, and the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA. In September of 2017 her work will inaugurate The Commons, a new gallery at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, presented by the museum's education department.

About the 2:2:2 Exchange

The 2:2:2 Exchange is an initiative co-led by Houston’s Project Row Houses and Chicago’s Hyde Park Art Center. The exchange features an interchange between two artists, one based in Houston, TX, and one based in Chicago, IL. This collaboration exposes artists already working with socially engaged, site-specific practices to new communities with the goal of expanding their artistic practice in a new context. Through this residency exchange, Project Row Houses and Hyde Park Art Center aim to provide an opportunity for artists to research localized ways of thinking and creating in a different city to enhance their practices at home.