Maria Gaspar


Maria Gaspar will produce RADIOACTIVE: Stories from Beyond the Wall, a series of radio broadcasts and visual projections on the largest jail in the country–Cook County Jail in Chicago. Through connecting those who live outside its walls with those on the “inside,” the project aims to dissolve, transgress, and collectively reimagine the brutal 96-acre division.

Bio: Born in Chicago, Maria Gaspar is an interdisciplinary artist who negotiates the politics of location and geography. Using installation, sculpture, performance, community-engagement, and audio, she examines contested spaces and their embedded power structures to create interventions and actions that are generative and pedagogy that draws from community-based participation and local scholarship. She has created permanent and temporal participatory art projects throughout Chicago and Mexico City, such as City As Site (2010) and The 96 Acres Project, an ongoing project that she founded and directs since 2012. She has presented her work at The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Jane Addams Hull House Museum, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, Artspace New Haven, and the Alpineum Produzentengalerie, amongst others.  Her awards include Creative Capital, Joan Mitchell Emerging Artist Award, a Maker Grant through the Chicago Artist Coalition, and a Sor Juana Women of Achievement Award in Art and Activism from the National Museum of Mexican Art, and a residency at Project Row Houses in Houston, TX. She received her MFA in Studio Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

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Photo: Enrique Arechavala Garay