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Mev Luna | EXPO CHICAGO 2019

Mev Luna | EXPO CHICAGO 2019
Reception Opening

Vernissage: Thu, Sep 19 / 6-9pm

Work by

Mev Luna

Curated by

Sheridan Tucker Anderson

Chicago Artist Coalition is proud to present new work by Mev Luna (BOLT, 2018-19) at EXPO CHICAGO 2019 in Booth 174. Luna was selected by guest curator Sheridan Tucker Anderson (Assistant Director, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago) to be the EXPO CHICAGO exhibiting artist.

Mev Luna incorporates a close look into the cyclical nature of life and death. Often ignored, and heavily mired in the monotony of routine or nature, Luna’s ardent focus on the intricacies of familial bonds, migration, incarceration, healing, grief, and surveillance via contemporary technology— unearths the very essence of our living and the exact source of our dying.

Like the moth that shares Luna’s name, the North American Luna moth’s life cycle lasts but one short year. Associated with sacrifice, rebirth and renewal, the Luna moth’s ephemeral existence symbolizes release and resurgence. ​Luna’s attention to detail in this installation, for instance in the inclusion of the Luna moth wings, is a subtle yet profound gesture aimed at foregrounding not only the literal and theoretical action of fragmenting, obscuring, camouflaging, but also, the perverse nature of surveillance. Here we are encouraged to confront both the seen and the unseen, the written and the retracted, the shared and the secreted.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

image: Mev Luna, Far from the distance we see, 2019, HD video still.

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About Curators
2016 - 2017

Sheridan Tucker Anderson is a Chicago based curator, art historian and arts advocate. She has curated exhibitions at the School of the Art institute of Chicago, the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries at the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Artists Coalition, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, as well as supported exhibitions at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, and the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Anderson served as Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, where she worked to diversify the museum’s collection and served as research assistant for several exhibitions, including but not limited to the Terra Foundation for American Art funded exhibition The Many Hats of Ralph Arnold: Art, Identity and Politics. Anderson has served as Curatorial Research Assistant at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts; there she supported The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts funded project The Ties that Bind Waves of Pan- Africanism in Contemporary Art and Society.  

Anderson has been awarded several fellowships including the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Curatorial Fellowship and the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellowship at the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been selected for Chicago Artists Coalition’s HATCH Residency where she served as Curatorial Resident. Anderson is a member of the Equity and Museum Practice Advisory Committee at the Art Institute of Chicago and a member of the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s Museum Council. Recent publications include: The Diasporic as a Site of Memory: Self Identity and Commemoration in the Work of Zohra Opoku (2019), The Ancient and the Recent: Kudzani Chiurai's We Live in Silence (2018), Bordering the Imaginary: Ralph Arnold, Napoleon Bonaparte, and “The Hawaii Days” Series (2018). Recent exhibitions include The Poetics of Relation and In Their Own Form: Contemporary Photography + Afrofuturism. She holds a BA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MA in Art History from the University of Chicago. 

Currently, Anderson serves as Assistant Director of Gallery 400 at University of Illinois at Chicago, where she manages Gallery 400’s administrative functions, working closely with the director to implement Gallery 400’s mission to support and present contemporary art and programming that prioritize interpretative reflection, critical inquiry and sustainable community partnerships.

About Artists
2018 - 2019

Mev Luna (b. Houston, Texas, 1988) is an interdisciplinary artist working in Chicago. Through a research-based practice and self-reflexive methodology, Luna’s practice rethinks history to identify the fictions that govern contemporary life and speculative futures. They work between live performance, video installation, new media, and text. Luna was an 2018 Art Matters Foundation Fellowship recipient,a 2017 SOMA Summer participant in Mexico City, and a 2015-2016 fellow at the Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration, Chicago. 

Artist Photo: Robert Chase Heishman 

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