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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 another’s dreams, hopes, and expectations.

Hagoort & Leenaars in conversation: Talking uninhibitedly. How to hold a non-polemic conversation? You don’t know what the other person is going to say. You don’t always know what you yourself are going to say. Be welcome!

Conversation: March 15, 2018 at 7 PM – 9 PM. Sector: Milwaukee Ave., Chicago IL 60647

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


A House Is a House Is a House (Homes for the Working Class), 2016. Media: graphite on paper

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 affective places between and beyond. In examining tactics for departure, we may tangentially ask, what are ideas and objects that point us toward home? How does our future thinking prepare us to survive in the present? This group exhibition features works by national and international artists David Cordero, Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez, Kirsten Leenaars, Regina Mamou, and the Portland-based collaborative DeeDee. Curated by Dan Paz. Exhibition essay by Ximena Keogh Serrano

Opening reception:
Saturday, March 10th, 2018

Opening performance:
Kimilsungia by Bo Choi in collaboration with Regina Mamou
6:00pm/ 6:30pm/ 7:00pm/ 7:30pm. Address: 6007 12th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98108

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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.

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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


(Re)Housing the American Dream: A Message from the Future, video still, 2017


Cover MAKE Literary Magazine, February 17, Issue: Belonging, image:
(Re)Housing the American Dream: A Message from the Future, video still, 2017

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

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


Maybe Words Want Being, a phonic score, Kirsten Leenaars, 2018



Maybe Words Want Being, a phonic score, Kirsten Leenaars, 2018
Inkjet on vinyl, dimensions 136”x85”, installation view Weinberg Newton Gallery, Chicago

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

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Opening: Human Human, Oct 19 to Nov 22, 2017

Human Human

Typographies of Hope, April 12, 2017 (detail).
Work in progress (January 20, 2017 – ongoing)
Media: ink on news print
Dimensions: 9”x11”

A daily search for the word ‘hope’ in the NYTIMES, since the first day of the Trump presidency.

Human Human, curated by Jessica Cochran at the Ralph Arnold Gallery, Loyola University, Chicago.

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Opening: The New People October 23- November 8, 2017

new people documentation2


Typographies of Hope, Oct 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, (details).
Work in progress (January 20, 2017 – ongoing)
Media: graphite on drywall
Dimensions: 12ftx12ft

A daily search for the word ‘hope’ in the NYTIMES, since the first day of the Trump presidency.

The New People, curated by Jessica Cochran, Evanston Art Center
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