N.N. (Ningún Nombre/No Name), a performative installation by Calvin Professor Mandy Cano Villalobos (Voces), is on view at La Casa Cultura Calles y Sueños in Chicago. This exhibition commemorates those who died under the South American dictatorships of the 1970s and 80s during Operation Condor. Surrounded by rusted boxes containing CIA documents, photographs and newspaper clips, Cano retrieves worn images, and one by one, she sews over the faces creating a second pile of indistinguishable victims upon the floor. This endless task questions the process of healing and remembrance that continues in present-day Chile, Argentina, and Brasil, among other countries. The artist also brings to light U.S. and Latin-American relations, both then and now.
Open now – Saturday, December 8th.
Cano performed for the opening on November 16th + 17th. Another performance is scheduled for Friday, December 7th at 7pm.
The venue, Calles y Sueños-Chicago, is an autonomous project headed by Christina Obregon, and co-coordinator Juan Carlos Bueno both who are cultural activists and advocates of the Pilsen community, who work to provide an alternative space for local and international artists, musicians, poets, and activist. The project has provided the Pilsen community with exhibitions, performing arts, music, film and cultural workshops with regard to the understanding that where there is a need there lies an opportunity for those passionate about change.