Eclipsing Festival

January 31 – February 4, 2018

A celestial body is eclipsed when another larger body passes, floats, or drifts into this celestial body’s source of illumination, submerging the smaller body in shadow; in darkness. An eclipse can also be defined as a reduction or loss of status, reputation or power. Those lacking power are cast into darkness. The concept of the eclipse exposes common associations with night and darkness, and may reveal the way dark and night spaces provide a place to challenge dominant and oppressive systems, structures and ways of seeing.
Artists within the Eclipsing series possess the ability to cross boundaries between mediums and mobilize darkness within their works, harnessing light’s metaphorical and metaphysical qualities. In dealing with dark and light these artist, performers, musicians and healers dissect power. Power as it is defined and perpetrated by the systems that be, and a deeper power that may reside in the depths of a dark night sky or the pitch black pupil of an eye.
Artists within the eclipsing series show us that there is something hidden there. In true darkness there is tremendous power. These artists shed light on the marginal, mysterious, spectacular spaces of night.

-Amina Ross

Amina Ross

Amina is an undisciplined creative. Working across mediums, shaping spaces that honor darkness and love. Often through language and light in video installations, sculptural work and in their work with people. Amina studied at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Amina has shown work at the Black Cinema House, Vox Populi, Links Hall and Hyde Park Art Center, among several other venues. Amina has spoken on panels and taught workshops at College Arts Association Conference, Allied Media Conference, Black Artist Retreat, Threewalls and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Amina attended ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) in 2015 and was a part of Chicago Artist Coalition’s BOLT Residency 2015-2016 cohort. They are currently Curator-in-Residence for Links Halls’ 2017 – 2018 season. Amina co-runs F4F, a black and femme centering space in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago, IL and is co-lead artist of Teen Creative Agency at the Museum of Contemporary art, Chicago.

Amina’s commitment to loving, challenging spaces has manifested in the founding of 3rd Language (2011-2015), queer arts collective. As of late Amina’s commitment to spaces dedicated to creative learning manifests within Beauty Breaks (beautybreaks.info), an intergenerational workshop series and participatory performance.

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