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Monday, November 20, 2006

MICHAEL CAPAPAS

MICHAEL CAPAPAS

Opening Reception: Friday, December 8
from 6 pm to 9pm

Exhibition dates: December 8 – December 30, 2006

This will be Michael Capapas’s first solo exhibition in the United States. Capapas was born in the Philippines and resides in Melbourne, Australia. His past work deals with the interweaving of memory, private fantasy, public history and recognition of the past. For his exhibition with Polvo, his new work will tackle the topic of immigration in Australia. He explains: "It is probably because a large part of my life has been spent living in places where I felt I did not belong. Being an immigrant from the North, I have been a stranger in the South." Capapas completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia. Capapas will be a visiting artist and lecturer with the Art Education Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), the Gerber Hart Library, co-sponsored by CAAAELII (Coalition of African, Arab, Asian, European and Latino Immigrants of Illinois) and Polvo (these related events will be free).

Mini-exhibit: Our Stories in Word and Image: Joanna Arellano, Jesus Macarena-Avila and Carlos Terrazo with CAAAELII / CIVITAS

Chicago artists: Joanna Arellano, Jesus Macarena-Avila and Carlos Terrazo with CAAAELII and Citizenship and Voter Training School (CIVITAS) collaborated with their partnering agencies with workshops on immigration. Books and photographs display personal stories, workshops co-sponsored and led by CAAAELII and Polvo. Participants include: Evelia Barrera, Emerita Bernales, Sarah Campion, Nancy Fuentes, Maria Garcia, Kongit Girma, Jenny Ho, AmberJaved, Chodar Kyi, Rosevelia Miramontes, Nitzy Mota, Eleanor Sweeney, Hindeke Tewodros, Negatwa Tewodros and Marcelino Ventura.

Flatscreen DVD: CAAAELII/ CIVITAS

Since 1997, CAAAELII is an organization centered on servicing immigrant communities. This documentary journals their history with over 20 agencies serving immigrants and refugees in the Chicago metropolitan area joined together to form CAAAELII. It began as an avenue for agencies to pool resources and ideas when teaching citizenship classes to immigrants and refugees seeking to apply for citizenship, recruiting and training volunteer citizenship teachers, and advocating for immigrant and refugee rights. Its mission: "To improve the quality of life for immigrants and refugees and to ensure dignity and respect." CIVITAS is a CAAAELII program inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Highlander Center , CIVITAS is a school for immigrants. It is designed to engage local immigrant communities in building their own capacity to engage within a multi-ethnic and multi-issued environment, towards the fulfillment of collective social justice. CIVITAS is also the central research and training arm of CAAAELII, fostering groundbreaking cross-racial, cross-cultural community dialogues and community connections.

FREE Related Events:

  • Lecture by Michael Capapas on Saturday, December 2, Gerber Hart Library, 1127 W Granville Avenue at 2 pm
  • An Artist Conversation with Regin Igloria and Michael Capapas on Saturday, December 16, Polvo, 1458 W. 18th Street at 2 pm

download press release in PDF format

POLVO, 1458 W. 18th St. 1R, Chicago, IL 60608

polvoarte@yahoo.com or 773 344 1940
http://www.polvo.org
HOURS: Saturdays from Noon-5pm or by appointment

This exhibit program is co-sponsored by and partnering with CAAAELII, Radioarte. Capapas will be a visiting artist with the Art Education Department at SAIC and with CAAAELII. Reception food generously provided by Nuevo Leon Restaurant: http://www.nuevoleonrestaurant.com Special thanks to the partnering individuals, organizations, businesses, exhibitors and ACYD graduate students with Columbia College Chicago.

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