Author: kirsten leenaars

I don’t know what you are going to say; a conversation between Erik Hagoort and Kirsten Leenaars, Sector 2337, March 15, 2018

How to be together in a non-polemical way? That question will be the start of a conversation by Amsterdam based artist Erik Hagoort and Chicago based artist Kirsten Leenaars, on the occasion of the launch of Hagoort’s book I don’t know what you are going to say. I don’t know what you are going to say (2018) provides a picture of the ‘thinking together aloud’ that went on during several conversations initiated by Hagoort in recent years. The book also contains a series of essays in which Hagoort builds on ideas on closeness that originate from philosophers Ilse Bulhof, Emmanuel Levinas, Cornelis Verhoeven and others. Erik Hagoort invites the participants of the conversations to follow conditions of speaking and thinking that might stimulate to develop together lines of thought, without taking positions. Kirsten Leenaars shows a likewise interest in developing ways to be together in a non-polemical way. In her ongoing project (Re)Housing the American Dream (since 2010) she provides a collective forum for refugee and American born children in which they approach hospitably one …

Opening: Thru the Roof, Seattle, The Alice, Seattle, March 10- April 14, 2018

This series of 12 drawings was developed for the multi-disciplinary project (Re)Housing the American Dream – an ongoing community based, performative documentary project which started in 2015. This Milwaukee based project provides a collective forum for refugee and American born children to engage critically with their intersecting issues of immigration, segregation, housing, and happiness. In the early 20th century, Milwaukee became known for its “sewer socialism”: a pragmatic approach to reform based in cleaning up neighborhoods and factories with new sanitation systems, installing municipally owned water and power systems, improving education systems, and building public housing and community parks. In 1921, Milwaukee’s ‘Garden Homes’ became the first municipally built public housing project in the United States, reflecting these ideals. Looking into this socialist history of Milwaukee, and the city’s current housing issues, I looked at the different architecture models that were developed to house the working class people in Milwaukee in the 20th century and reimagined what these architectural structures might look like. Thru the Roof is a visual meditation on exit strategies: leaving, staying, and the …

Catalog Launch and Screening (Re)Housing the American Dream: A Message from the Future, Saturday March 3, 2018

  Special screening and catalog presentation of (Re)Housing the American Dream: A Message from the Future on Saturday March 3rd. The catalog is designed by Sonia Yoon and includes an essay by Steven Bridges, assistant curator at Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University.  At 3 pm there will a Q&A with the young participants discussing the project and their experiences being part of it and developing the work together. For more on the project: Screening and catalog presentation: (Re)Housing the American Dream: A Message from the Future. Saturday, March 32 – 5 pm, 3 pm: Q&A. Mobile Design Box, 753 N. 27th Street, Milwaukee  

Screening and magazine presentation (Re)Housing the American Dream at Lit&Luz Festival, Mexico City, February 21, 2018

MAKE Literary Production’s 4th annual Lit & Luz Festival of Language, Literature, and Art, themed “Belonging,” is an ambitious exchange between poets and artists from Mexico City and Chicago. The week-long festival takes place at over a dozen arts venues and universities throughout Chicago, October 13th-20th. This February, a similar series of events are held in Mexico City. Programs include readings, conversations, and our signature event, the “Live Magazine Show” in both cities. Screening (Re)Housing the American Dream at Lit&Luz Festival MAKE Magazine presentation, 6 pm, Aeromoto, Venecia 23, Entre Liverpool y Marsella, Col. Juárez For more on the project:  

Opening: The Tip of My Tongue Jan 26 – Mar 17, 2018

  The Tip of My Tongue Jan 26 – Mar 17, 2018. Opening Reception: January 26, 5 – 8PM. Performance and panel with Kirsten Leenaars and CLA, February 7, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM Weinberg Newton Gallery. 300 West Superior, Suite 203, Chicago, Illinois 60654 Hours: Mon – Sat 10 AM – 5 PM The Tip of My Tongue is organized in partnership with the Chicago Literacy Alliance and aims to draw out the complexities of language as a tool not only for communication but also for connection, discovery, and growth. This group exhibition takes an expansive approach to the theme of literacy as it explores the many issues caught up in the web of words we each navigate, from notions of identity and belonging, to autonomy and self-expression. Through sound, color, book arts, and text, this group of works by six Chicago-based artists provides access points to a multiplicity of voices, ideas, viewpoints, and conversations. Artists: Judith Brotman, Kirsten Leenaars, Andy Moore, Huong Ngo, North Branch Projects, and Udita Upadhyaya. Curator: Kasia Houlihan For more on the show and …