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Black + Brown Presents The Dessert Shoppe

This month, Amara Betty Martin, Jennifer Ligaya, Viktor le. Givens, and Sherwin Ovid will explore the mythos of sweetness. Please join us for an unforgettable immersive experience. 

Amara Betty Martin is a visual artist and independent arts organizer working across the city of Chicago with a focus on highlighting emerging artists, providing a platform for expression and economic exchange and raising funds as well as awareness for grassroots causes and organizations. Her visual art focuses on urban surrealism through photography, drawings, video, collage, music, and writings, combining the artist’s own work in the community and photography with paint and mixed media, as well as with vintage and found materials.

Jennifer Ligaya is a performance composer born and raised in Chicago. A thinker, a healer, and a lifelong performer, Ligaya has an interdisciplinary background including visual art (Gallery 37), vocal performance (Hard Rock Cafe), spoken word (Lit X), dance (Field Museum with Tamboula Ethnic Dance Company), and theater (Pinting Theater Company). Aside from her community work as an occupational therapist and teaching artist with Urban Gateways, she continues to write and perform original music. Her most recent work aims to weave mediums and utilize contemporary performance practices to examine and explore the intersections of race, gender, decolonization, indigeneity, activism, and healing. Ligaya is completing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Columbia College.

Viktor le. Givens is an installation and performance artist whose practice centers around the gathering of ancestral objects to activate spaces for site-specific rituals. His materials frequently include forgotten and discarded household items and personal effects. Through the accumulation of these cultural artifacts, le. Givens seeks to create spaces that inspire the activation of cultural memory and support African-American spiritual continuities. His work was been presented at a range of spaces, including Glass Curtain Gallery, South Side Community Art Center, the Art Institute of Chicago, and recently as part of Fo Wilson’s Eliza’s Peculiar Cabinet of Curiosities at Lynden Sculpture Garden in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Givens is currently an MFA candidate in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago. 

Sherwin Ovid is a Trinidadian multimedia artist and DJ with a creative background rooted in filmmaking, painting, and drawing. His work explores the limits of social boundaries and their perpetual transformation. He strives to use his work as a means of creative intervention to incite social awareness.

Admission is free!

BLACK + BROWN is a monthly programming series that explores how Afro-diasporic traditions and experimental ideas engender conviviality, multidisciplinary learning, and transcommunal engagement.

Earlier Event: December 10
Vends + Vibes
Later Event: December 18
Pictures with Santa