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Edra Soto: Performance
Tuesday, February 21
5 pm – 7 pm
Edra Soto is a Chicago-based artist, educator, and curator who “aims to challenge the boundaries between audience, artist, and the work itself to amplify the democratic potential that art has to offer.” She uses both traditional and unconventional materials—including plastic chairs upholstered with beach towels or pineapple upside-down cake—to create sculptures, installations, and architectural interventions that foster accessibility and encourage public participation. Soto, who often incorporates the visual culture of her native Puerto Rico, identifies issues of “class, race, cultural origins, hierarchies, and myth” as integral to her work.
She is collaborating with students, faculty, and community members to realize a new iteration of her Manual GRAFTinstallation in the windows of University Galleries. They will use metallic adhesive to create a geometric design in the windows based on the iron rejas (screens) she cites as ever-present in the architecture of post-war Puerto Rico.