Our multifaceted project Settlement launched in Lincoln Park (at Bryn Mawr) on September 15, 2018, with a sculptural installation, artists book, and programs.
Settlement started when we learned that when we stand on the northern tip of Lincoln Park, we are standing on Chicago’s west side.
During the mid-20th century, Chicago was split east to west by a quarter-mile-wide trench along Congress Street to make way for the Eisenhower Expressway. Rubble from homes, businesses, and places of worship that had been seized by eminent domain and razed—as well as the soil beneath them—was trucked north to fill the gaping maw of the lake. This fill became foundation for the terminus of Lake Shore Drive and the park and beaches surrounding it.
In a meditation on access, territory, and migration, Settlement uncovers the material and human connections between Chicago's North and West side communities and the acts that bind them. The project integrates the voices of residents, past and present, to create works that resist dominant civic and media narratives.
Here is a segment we did on Vocalo Radio’s Morning Amp about the project.
Seminal Chicago arts podcast Bad At Sports interviewed us as well.
This project is being realized with the support of Chicago arts organization Threewalls.