Video still from "Kabul: Constitutions," 2003-4 by Mariam Ghani
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Political violence and war are among the themes that will be explored in an exhibition on view Sept. 8 through Oct. 7 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
"Under Fire," which brings together the contributions of an international roster of artists working in cross-disciplinary and multimedia forms, is a continuation of global discussions and publications initiated by artist and writer Jordan Crandall. According to organizer Ryan Griffis, a professor of art and design at the U. of I., the exhibition serves as a "discursive engagement with global militarization and political violence, incorporating perspectives from multiple disciplines to explore the contemporary organization, representation and materialization of war."
Featured artists are Annie Abrahams/Clément Charmet, An Architektur, deGeuzen, Joy Garnett, Mariam Ghani, Dara Greenwald, Tsila Hassine, Richardo Miranda-Zuñiga, Hillary Mushkin, Trevor Paglen, Joel Ross, Michael Wilson and xurban_collective.
A series of events planned in conjunction with the exhibition will take place on the U. of I.'s Urbana-Champaign campus this fall. They include a talk by Israeli architect, activist and scholar Eyal Weizman (TBA); the exhibition "In War/At War: The Practice of Everyday," Oct. 5 through 29 at OPENSOURCE Art, 12 E. Washington St., Champaign; and a screening of "The Marching Plague," a film about biological warfare produced by the Critical Art Ensemble, at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Krannert Art Museum.
A reception is scheduled to take place from 5-8 p.m. on Sept. 8 at the gallery, 230 W. Superior St., Chicago. I space gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.