Open 24 Hours: Virtual Artist Talk

Wednesday, May 20th 5–6PM

Zoom in with artist Edra Soto, in conversation with Teresa Silva and Alma Wieser, as she discusses her current solo exhibition at Heaven Gallery "Open 24 Hours."

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Motivated by seeing the excessive amounts of litter and detritus in her neighborhood, Edra created the project Open 24 Hours. The project's name refers to the accumulation of litter visible to everyone, at all times, in East Garfield Park, a historic African American neighborhood in Chicago, where Edra has lived with her husband for over a decade. For this iteration of Open 24 Hours, she will present accumulated documentation material that maps her findings, research, and processes since she started this project in 2017.

Edra Soto was born in Puerto Rico and is an interdisciplinary artist, and co-director of the outdoor project space THE FRANKLIN. Soto holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from Escuela de Artes Plásticas y Diseño de Puerto Rico. She is a Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Teresa Silva is the Director of Exhibitions and Residencies at the Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC), where she runs BOLT and HATCH residencies, MAKER and CONEY artist grants, and guides the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation Curatorial Fellowship and CAC's Special Exhibition at EXPO CHICAGO. Silva is a writer, curator, and member of the network of artist-run spaces, Tiger Strikes Asteroid.