eedahahm : Chicago documentary photographer : artist : wedding : portrait : events » heal the world with art and love . you can do everything and anything

MAY 17 / 6:00pm

Hosted by Sky Cubacub
Produced by Udita Upadhyaya
Artists Alexis Smith, Ashley Hollingsead, Lindsay Barlag Thornton + Michael Patrick Thornton, Michelle Zacarias, Tannaz Motevalli, + Samantha Virgilio

“The desire to go home that is a desire to be whole, to know where you are, to be the point of intersection of all the lines drawn through all the stars, to be the constellation-maker and the center of the world, that center called love. To awaken from sleep, to rest from awakening, to tame the animal, to let the soul go wild, to shelter in darkness and blaze with light, to cease to speak and be perfectly understood.”  – Rebecca Solnit

This night hopes to see the power of the personal story unfold. The artists investigate why some narratives are left untold or muted, and slowly bring them to light. The artists work to create an ephemeral community that highlights the care, empathy, kindness, generosity, and attention our stories and our lives deserve. We ask difficult questions about acceptance and access, find power in visibility, and create moments of embrace, gifting each other with presence. We become witnesses for each other’s courage, longing, and search for love.

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MAY 15 / 6:00PM

Hosted by André Perez
Produced by Irina Zadov
Artists Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, Youth Empowerment  Performance Project, William Camargo + Yvette Mayorga, Dmitri Peskov

Like all people, we perceive the version of reality that our culture communicates. Like others having or living in more than one culture, we get multiple, often opposing messages. The coming together of two self-consistent but habitually incompatible frames of reference cause un choque, a cultural collision.” – Gloria Anzaldua

The knit of identity is bound with contradiction and complexity. Join filmmaker André Perez, Rasquachismo artists William Camargo and Yvette Mayorga, dancer Dmitri Peskov, the Youth Empowerment Performance Project, and youth leaders from the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health as we explore themes of displacement, wellness, shame, and the relationships between place and body, culture and identity. Through our multiple disciplines, we will interweave and reinvent our notions of home.

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I’ve known Mimi since high school.

I remember when I picked up my first camera and Mimi jokingly asked me to photograph her wedding when the time came.

It happened!

Thank you, Mimi & Monty, for allowing me to photograph this intimate gathering between friends and family.

Yall rocked it!

Venue: Wandering Tree Estate

Event Planner: Wrap it Up

Catering: Chef by Request

Cake: Elysia Root Cakes

Videography: Daniel D

Decor: Flowers for Dreams

Hair: Pin Me Up

Makeup: Kate D. Makeup

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MAY 14 / 6:00PM

Hosted by LaShana Jackson + Faheem Majeed
Produced by La Keisha Leek
Artists Bad News Women, Christian Cruz, Gira Dahnee, Heather ‘Byrd’ Roberts, Maya Mackrandilal, Ladan Osman, + Stephanie Graham

This evening features women of color who’s current work in some form, represent manifestos which by identifying personal and familiar narratives, perform womanhood and cultural heritage. Through text, video, sonic healing, humor, and movement, the artists take in to question what it means to be woman and, addressing but not limited to oppression, respectability, liberation, and love. The evening includes xicana cultural performance artist Christian Cruz, transdisciplinary artist and writer Maya Mackrandilal, founder of Selected Black Experience Council Stephanie Graham, native South side poet and performer Heather Roberts, author of The Kitchen Dweller’s Testimony Ladan Osman, vocalist and songwriter Gira Dahnee, and Bad News Women tweeting and Instagramming live.

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What happens when you combine food, culture, history, tradition, community, healing, music, poetry, dreams, magic, hugs, and a plethora of other delectable goodness?

love is what happens yo.   happiness is concocted.  trust is built.

i have never shared so many hugs in one night.  thank you Chicago Home Theater Festival for organizing this lovely gathering.

MAY 13 / 6:00PM

Hosted by Sojourner Wright
Produced by Monica Trinidad
Artists Benjamin Hart, CQQCHIFRUIT, Carrie Kaufman, eedahahm, Silvia Gonzalez, + Tasha Viets-VanLear

Intimacy is the root of humanity, constantly being invisibilized, lost, culturally appropriated and rejected in the western world.

Private, university libraries, heavily policed neighborhoods, and cultures squandered by assimilation fosters fear in our communities and isolation between our homes. The notion of the good neighbor has been corrupted.

Our learning spaces co-opted. Dreams of our genealogical ancestry vanished. But what if we invited intimacy into our homes? What if our learning spaces were accessible, tangible, genuine dream machines?

Artists Benjamin Hart, CQQCHIFRUIT, eedahahm, Silvia Gonzalez, and Tasha Viets-Van Lear will challenge the destruction of the dream machine, posing these questions at varying distances, using our whole bodies to learn as a means of postcolonial re-cooperation, recovery and reclamation.

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