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We are the Cure: Drawings and Visions on COVID-19

MAY 1, 7-8pm and May 9, 1-2:30pm, ZOOM Meeting

As a part of In-Flux: Chicago Artists and Immigration at the Chicago Cultural Center, Sabba Elahi invites the public to “redraw a COVID-19 cure," creating a collective work of healing.  A small tile/fragment of an interior view of the corona virus cell will be shared with each participant. During the workshop participants are asked to respond to their visual fragment to “draw a cure,” through drawing and/or stitching, using materials on hand---from colored pencils, pens, sharpies/markers, needle/thread. The workshop artwork and written responses will be translated by Elahi into two machine embroidered textiles: one of the new collective image and the other a word cloud of the most common words/phrases from participants.


May 27, 2018


Sunday May 27,3-5pm

Smart Museum

Artist Sabba Elahi and Dancer, choreographer Ahalya Satkunaratnum premiere new collaborative work. The performance explores the global war on terror through meditative drawing, repetitive news reels, and physical, visual, and sonic movements. It will be followed by a brief discussion with the artists. 

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March 29, 2018

Reclaimed Baggage: Group Exhibition

Reclaimed Baggage Opening & Panel discussion,

Thursday March 29, 2017

Opening Begins at 5pm

Performance "Writing the Unknown II" at 6:30pm

Panel: 6:45-8:30pm

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February 10, 2018

Drone Stories: Embroidery Workshops

Drone Stories: Embroidery Workshops

February 6: 5--7:30pm 

February 10: 10am-12:30pm

February 11: 2-4:30pm

Dittmar Memorial Gallery

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February 02, 2018

Drone Stories: Panel Discussion

Dittmar Memorial Gallery

Friday February 2, 4:30-6:30pm

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