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Collective Becoming is an ongoing Performance Art initiative of international scope that wants tofoster collaboration among artists in order to promote empathy, freedom, and human unity. Expressions of Love, Freedom, and Resistance is the second project developed under the umbrella of Collective Becoming.

Collective Becoming: Expressions of Love, Freedom, and Resistance is a Performance Art experiment and exhibition. Artists living in different locations within the United States were asked to enact a performance in a space of public use in the area where they live. Purposely with almost no other information than the title of the call, artists Hector Canonge (New York), Kathryn Cellerini Moore (Oregon), Joseph Ravens (Illinois), and Kledia Spiro (Massachusetts) were invited by curator Verónica Peña (Indiana) to perform, and document their performances. The exhibition at SAIC Sullivan Galleries presented the video documentation submitted by the artists. Peña’s idea of instigating public expressions of love, freedom, and resistance in multiple locations within the United States was partially motivated by a desire of sending a positive response to the uncertainty caused in the country by the current socio political atmosphere. Peña curated this project at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as a Visiting Artist to the Art As A Social Force: Experimental Exercises Of Freedom class, instructed by Drea Howenstein.

may 28 2015

School of the Art Institute of Chigaco, Sullivan Galleries, Hélio Labs
December 10 - 12, 2016  

Artists: Kledia Spiro, Joseph Ravens, Verónica Peña, Kathryn Cellerini, and Hector Canonge.

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