7 – 10 pm, Nov 16th
Second Floor Exhibition Space

Abigail Zoe Martin Solo Exhibition​

The Zhou B Art Center, in association with , is proud to present “Chicago Lights,” an audio and visual collection of 81 portraits and interviews by acclaimed British photographer Abigail Zoe Martin.

The concept of “Chicago Lights” was born in 2015 with Martin’s relocation to Chicago from London for her husband’s job. Driven by a sense of isolation from family and friends, she went in search of connections to Chicagoans from all walks of life; the culminating exhibition debuts at the Zhou B Art Center (1029 W. 35th Street) on Friday, Nov. 16 with a six-week run.

“The show is a raw and unfiltered conversation with Chicagoans and illuminates the incredible kindness I found,” says Abigail Zoe Martin. “Feeling profoundly displaced, I turned to photography as a means to explore my new city, meeting — sometimes by chance — an eclectic and diverse range of people with a wonderful inner light and a common thread of integrity, compassion and empathy.”
​The subjects are a wide-ranging and impressive group of characters who contribute to the immense diversity, richness and originality of Chicago’s landscape. Among those photographed are Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former Chicago Bear Israel Idonije, Medical Director of the Centre for Sexual Medicine and Menopause Dr. Lauren Streicher, Priest and Social Activist Father Michael Pfleger, Dating and Relationship Expert Bela Gandhi, Michelin-starred Chef Curtis Duffy, Rising Singer Kiara Lanier, and Famed Art Brothers ShanZuo ZhouShi and DaHuang ZhouShi. The full list of participants can be found below.
​Autonomy is a major part of Martin’s work. Subjects chose their photo setting and style and then nominated the next person to be photographed. Each picture is accompanied by a one-minute audio excerpt, taken from the longer, intimate conversations that Martin had with each subject. The audio is accessible to viewers via QR codes and SoundCloud. Martin hopes audiences can find common ground and an authentic connection with her subjects, through the commanding combination of image and sound.

Produced in two sizes, the photographs are available to purchase, with 20 percent of the proceeds benefiting , a non-profit organization in East Garfield Park which partners with those affected by poverty to build connections, develop skills and open the doors of opportunity. The public is invited to an opening reception with Martin on Friday, Nov. 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Zhou B Art Center.

Abigail Zoe Martin has been taking photographs since she was first handed a vintage camera by her father in her teens. Her passion for photography grew when she studied at Miami University in the 90s. Completely inspired by her environment, she decided that photography was to be her chosen profession. Her first exhibition “I Must Dance!” in 2002 at The Coningsby Gallery (London) launched her career and was covered in Tatler, Time Out and on the radio. Since then her work has been published in a wide variety of magazines including Red, Psychologies, Schon! Magazine, The Times, and more. In 2013, a selection of Martin’s images of BBC Radio 4 Presenters were exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery and are now part of their permanent collection. In 2015, Abigail moved to Chicago via Madrid, with her husband Leonardo and their two children, Anoushka and Xavier. This move encouraged Abigail to write a blog documenting her journey and also inspired Chicago Lights. For more information about Martin and Chicago Lights, visit www.abigailzoemartin.com and www.chicagostoriesblog.com.

7 – 10 pm, Nov 16th
Lower Level North

Gallery hours | MON 19 NOV – FRI 07 DEC | MON>FRI | 10A-5P [closed THU 22 + FRI 23 NOV]

Three programs exploring the place between movement and video


​Defibrillator Gallery + SITE/less + Pivot Arts proudly present

VIDEO CORPO three programs exploring the place between movement and video featuring video installations


Marianne Kim | Danièle Wilmouth | Michal Samama | Laura Corcuera
Ashley Hollingshead | Lesley Keller-Reed | Kazumi Seki

FRI 30 NOV | 7:30-9PM | A one-night-only screening featuring:

Sarah C. Prinz | Danny Rosenberg | Amy Wilkinson | Austin Forbord & Amy Dowling | Tommy Pascal


Sara Zalek Post-show discussion moderated by Pivot Arts director Julieanne Ehre

Three presenters of experimental performance are collaborating in three Chicago neighborhoods to present Video Corpo, a festival of video work celebrating movement-based artists who offer an alternative corporeal perspective by embracing video as an extension of their practice. Curated by the directors of the three presenters—Michelle Kranicke (Zephyr and SITE/less in Noble Square), Joseph Ravens (Defibrillator Gallery at Zhou B Art Center in Bridgeport), and Julieanne Ehre (Pivot Arts in Edgewater at Chicago Filmmakers)—Video Corpo focuses on broadening the audience for experimental time-based artists by creating a platform for viewing their work beyond traditional live performance. “We are inviting audiences to leave their comfort zones— geographically and aesthetically—to discover new neighborhoods, new art venues, and ways that artists are showcasing the body in a two-dimensional format,” said Kranicke.

is a Korean American interdisciplinary artist working in screendance, multimedia installation, choreography, and performance art. Her areas of research include the disorienting effects of technologized labor, cultural identity, consumerism, and most recently the forces within industrial food production and promotion that mediate race, gender, and bodies. Her most recent presentations include Athens Video Dance Project, Dance Film Association

Film Society of Lincoln Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, International Screendance Festival at ADF, MIVSC São Carlos Videodance Festival, Agite y Sirva Festival Itinerante de Videodanza, San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Ciné-Corps Festival de Films Sur La Danse in France, The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, The Feldman Gallery + Project Space in Portland, de la Cruz Collection in Miami, and the Poznan Biennial in Poland. Kim’s short film Martiality, Not Fighting was awarded a Dioraphte Jury Award at Cinedans 2016 in Amsterdam, Best Performance Award at the Voarte – InShadow International Festival of Video, Performance and Technologies in 2014, and Best Short Film at Dance Camera West 2015 in Los Angeles. In the past Kim has been supported with grants and fellowships from EMPAC-Dance MOViE Commission, Jacob K. Javits Foundation, MacDowell Colony Fellowship, NEA/Dance USA, Meet the Composer, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Scottsdale Public Arts Fund, and the Illinois Arts Council.​
is fascinated by the unconscious choreography of everyday life, and cinema’s power to reveal the miraculous spectacle of the ordinary. She creates hybrid forms of film, video, installation and live art, which explore ritual, pattern, monotony, and impermanence. Her work investigates mediation of the choreographed body – constructing performances exclusively for the camera, as well as experimental approaches to social issue
documentary. Wilmouth’s works have been shown on television, in film festivals and museums. A collection of her performance films was included in the 2016 BODY+ACT exhibition at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul. In 2013, she was featured in Dance Films Association’s ‘Meet the Artist’ series with a solo show at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Retrospectives of her work have been held in Russia (2004) and South Korea (2012). She teaches at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College.
works in the intersection of performance, dance, and the visual arts, moving between the theater, the gallery and the public space. She recently presented a solo show at the Petach Tikva Museum of Art in Israel. Her work was commissioned by The Chocolate Factory Theater in New York, Diver Festival, Intimal-Dance Festival and Curtain Up Festival in Tel-Aviv. In Chicago, she presented her work at Aspect Ratio, Defibrillator, Rapid Pulse,
Julius Caesar, EXPO CHICAGO 2014, 6018 North, Sector 2337, Out of Site, Links Hall, among others. In New York her work was exhibited at New York Live Arts, Movement Research at Judson Church, Performance Mix Festival, Dixon Place, CPR, 92nd Y and more. Samama received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2015).
has a degree in Journalism from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a master’s degree in Semiotics of mass communication. Press Officer at the National Museum of Natural Sciences (Spain) between 2005 and 2007, Corcuera founded the Periódico del MNCN, and also the science news agency SINC (FECYT), working as coordinator and chief editor from 2007 to 2010. Corcuera is a founder and member of the newspaper DIAGONAL,

writing about science, sexual and gender diversity, LGBTQ movements, and performing arts. Corcuera has collaborated with the theater magazines Primer Acto and Artez, and with the international magazine Punto y Coma. Corcuera combines militant communication with feminist activism and performance and has studied with great teachers like Jango Edwars, Phillipe Gaulier, Eric de Bont, Esther Ferrer, Antonia Baehr and el Odin Teatret, and, La Pocha Nostra.

Second Floor Exhibition Space

CURATED BY: Sergio Gomez

A native of Chicago, Jeff Zimmermann has achieved national and international recognition for his large scale murals featuring painted images of contemporary pop culture and sensitively rendered portraits. Zimmermann’s pop-culture references range from innocuous consumer products such as beer cans, hard candy rings, and high healed shoes, to more symbolically charged images like pistols and portraits of political figures. The images are discrete and floating, knitted together by geometric areas of flat color. The overall aesthetic is smooth and sensual: shiny metal and glossy surfaces, rendered in saturated colors. Zimmermann’s paintings have the sex appeal of commercial art, and any irony surrounding that connection is light and playful.

While rooted in contemporary life and consumer culture, Zimmermann’s work also reveals a sympathetic affinity for everyday people. And though he carefully avoids didacticism, instead playing the role of objective visual journalist, viewers may get the sense that he has reached his own conclusions. The portraits Zimmermann renders on such enormous scale enact a specific agenda in his work. In an effort to subvert the notion of what corporate and entertainment culture considers newsworthy, Zimmermann incorporates into his murals a diversity of people who live and work in the communities he visits—these are not the faces we know from the news, magazines, and television, or those whose historical or political status already qualifies them as subjects for public art.

Incorporating into his works people excluded from the aforementioned categories—what he calls real people—Zimmermann familiarizes himself with a community while allowing its members to breathe authenticity and life into his paintings. The portraits in Zimmermann’s artwork are dignified and attractive, directing the viewer conversation toward a democratic humanitarian dialog, while giving the work an emotional depth that complements the polished context of his product-based world.

Although accomplished and celebrated for his public works, Zimmermann’s studio works have not received a solo exhibition in 10 years. EVERYTHING, opening on October 19 at the Zhou B Art Center, celebrates Zimmermann’s most recent bodies of work including large scale paintings, works on paper and sculptures.

The imagery presented in the exhibition features the detritus of the abandoned lot: chips wrappers, crushed aluminum cans. “Found” artwork on plywood referencing the changing dynamics of chicago’s neighborhoods. Additionally, the exhibition presents recent “Love Knot” paintings which have become a recognized iconic symbol in Zimmermann’s work. The knot’s technical approach invites the viewer to to reach out and touch the frayed fibers of the rope. The nautical knot is created by bringing two different colored ropes together. They are pulled together with force and create tension. When forced together, the two different ropes become one and work together as a whole. From a distance, we perceive the knot shape as a heart becoming a metaphor for what Chicago and our country needs in this moment. Zimmermann has exhibited internationally at The MCA Chicago and Chicago Cultural Center. His work has been featured in national media including the Today Show and in the New York Times. He has created site specific commissions for Fortune 500 companies.

Second Floor Exhibition Space

CURATED BY: Joseph Ravens

Elegant Disruption includes photos, videos, and other works that bring together artists who embrace new methodologies of engagement and connective practices that contribute to creative transformation and the shaping of a humane world. This exhibition embraces a wide range of social practices and interventionist actions that produce powerful, poetic, and alluring works of visual art – images that beckon the viewer to learn more about the relational process and concepts behind the project. These works have in common a poetic approach to social, political, economic, or environmental transformation.

Elegant Disruption references , a theoretical hypothesis by Joseph Beuys, often considered to be the herald for participatory, socially engaged, and relational art today.


Second Floor Exhibition Space

CENTERLINE is the official biennial showcase for the resident artists at Zhou B Art Center. The spotlight shines on them and their talent.​
The over 100 artists affiliated with the center represent diverse styles and media that include traditional forms such as painting and photography; there will also be sculpture, printmaking, encaustic painting and anything you can imagine.

The fourth annual Twisted Oyster Film Festival (TOFF) will open on July 20 with its theme “Vital Signs.”

The experimental film festival leads the way in finding works that push the boundaries with its content and narrative storytelling. With a mission to bridge culture, society and technology, the festival this year will highlight filmmakers and artists from all over the world, whose works open a dialogue on the planet’s fragility, the human footprint and its impact.

The festival seeks to include works that focus on global warming, species in extinction, dependency of natural resources. Each year the festival opens with a Time-based Media Art Exhibition, and this year the festival called for installation works, web, virtual and augmented reality art and experimental photography.

This year’s exhibition takes place from July 20 to August 5, 2018 at the Zhou B Art Center’s second-floor gallery — the festival’s largest space yet. It will include three days of Film Screenings from July 18 through July 20, a Meet and Greet with filmmakers on the 18th, and an Artist Dialogue on the 19th. A second iteration of the show will take place in Miami, Florida in a future date.

The festival works with young artists as part of its Outreach Program to connect them with filmmakers and to introduce them to filmmaking and video art. This year TOFF is inviting high school students to submit their works and will invite the accepted applicants to share the space with the other filmmakers.


Twisted Oyster Film Festival furthers the craft of filmmakers by showcasing and promoting the work of both aspiring and established artists. The annual festival explores topics that bridge culture, society and technology through its the contents of the programming, while focusing on engagement, enhancing access, and raising awareness on social issues through event design and curation.

by ProjectArt Chicago

Zhou B Art Center is pleased to announce Kinetic Exchange, a group exhibition of 4 resident teaching artists of ProjectArt – a youth art education nonprofit – curated by Courtney Citron, the Chicago Program Director of ProjectArt. The exhibition will be on view at Zhou B Art Center on the Lower Level South, from June 15th to Aug 3rd, 2018, with an opening reception on the 3rd Friday, June 15th at 7pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

B’Rael Ali Thunder, William Camargo, Ricardo Gonzalez, Al-Qawi Nanavati

Kinetic Exchange is a multi-disciplinary group show that speaks to the mutual exchange of energy between artists and the communities that they work and live in. Through a year long art and social practice residency at four partnering Chicago Public Library branches, ProjectArt resident artists have fostered impactful relationships with both art students and neighborhood community members. They have created artwork in response to their experiences, reflecting on symbiotic exchange and community empowerment.

Gonzalez’s comic illustrations in La Chamba pay tribute to Chicano culture celebrating street vendors as neighborhood heroes and upholders of Mexican culture. On an adjacent path, Camargo’s photos, serve as documentation, conveying Chicanx identity as a means to create visibility in resistance to gentrification and cultural erasure. B’rael’s vibrant paintings draw from rhythm and dance. With detail and compositions designed from the figurative image of the dancer, he composes narratives that describe the African American experience, largely addressing identity and value. Al-Qawi’s 33 prints draw from her belief in Islam along with the meditative and repetitive nature of prayer.

Speaking of teaching in the residency program, Ricardo Gonzalez noted, “Teaching art in Little Village introduced me to many families and children. The community has so much pride and energy. Much of our creativity in class benefited from that enthusiasm. Discovery and practice were constant approaches to making art in class. The neighborhood became a great source of inspiration for my personal artwork as well.”

“As a Program Director for ProjectArt’s inaugural year in Chicago, I have had the privilege of watching the Chicago resident artists grow into their roles as teachers and community members. The wealth of creativity, compassion, and care that has been cultivated in all partnering branches has been a great source of joy and inspiration for us all,” says Courtney Cintron, the Chicago Program Director of ProjectArt.

Presented by ProjectArt Chicago

​ProjectArt is a nonprofit organization that transforms the nation’s public libraries into vital cultural hubs by offering youth year-round visual art classes and providing space for our resident Teaching Artists to make artwork and community connections within libraries. Through a partnership with Chicago Public Library, ProjectArt was able to bring classes to four library branches for the 2017/2018 inaugural season. Our talented Teaching Artists have truly inspired students of all ages, levels and abilities on a daily basis. We are thrilled to celebrate the work of our resident Teaching Artists in exhibition.

Second Floor Exhibition Space

Organized by Sergio Gomez and Ernesto Marenco

“Cycles of Contemporary Mexican Photography” consists of 4 individual sections: 3 photographers presenting their own works, and collaborating on one collective photographic exhibition.

Maximo Cerdio
Different forms of abandonment and Dolls for the blind

The photographic selections “Dolls for the blind” and “Of the different forms of abandonment”, by the photojournalist Máximo Cerdio, constitute a look at the universal human from the individual himself and his circumstances.

The 36 images presented by Máximo Cerdio in Zhou b Art Center, correspond to different times and different cities in Mexico, where he performs his journalistic and poetic work.
“Of the different forms of abandonment” is integrated by 18 photographs of people, animals, things in different situations. They show the different ways in which someone or something that should be accompanied or full, is now only or empty.

Each of the 18 photographs tells a latent story with its characters, times, places and circumstances. If the viewer approaches and stops long enough, it is possible that he can build his own story, sometimes autobiographical.

“Dolls for the blind” also consists of 18 images that correspond to a specific time and place. These are recycled toys located in a chinampa, in the Xochimilco delegation, in Mexico City. They document several recycled dolls, with deformations and terrifying gestures, that the owners of that place have installed to attract tourists, but that, originally, were treasured by the original duel, Julian Santa Ana Barrera, who lived there since the seventies and he died at the age of 80.

Máximo Cerdio (Huixtla, Chiapas, Mexico) is a photojournalist and writer who transposes the resources of poetry into photographic images, resulting in an image that not only documents a moment of the life of people, cities or of objects in a space and in a specific place (purpose of journalistic and documentary photography), but it goes beyond the moment: the images provoke emotions and move to reflect on the human.

Arturo Betancourt
The stories of migrants are as old as human history, social phenomenon where people leave their homeland searching a better future, whose final destination is marked by uncertainty. Thus, the photographic work of Arturo Betancourt opened a challenge to human existence from traces of human beings, whose presence absence fades against the emptiness of the scenarios that surround them, where the expression documents and explore other realities.

This photographic essay, not meant to be a mere illustration of the harsh reality, but a photograph of the critical unconsciousness of the individual, submerged by social inertia in apathy to all historical matters that surround him. The photographs try to confront the spectator between the importance of “being” and not just “to exist”, to reflect in those actions that turn the individual insensitive and as part of a society used to its own routines. These images seek to remove the inner consciousness and resurrect “the human being with a voice and sight, with the ability to hear and thus, one who possesses a criteria.”

Rene Torres Escoto
And what meaning now has the castle in contemporary culture? They existed as a refuge; a bulwark against all invaders. Now they exist as both structures and symbols, a retreat to an aesthetic long since gone. Yet, they remain: as homes, hotels and commercial destinations which give them and their inhabitants a blurry and amorphous identity.

This group of photographs may indeed give rise to more questions than answers: who lives in them, and why? Their functionality is no longer needed, but clearly, their architectural presence as an expressive force remains.

Cultural and societal hierarchies may have largely evaporated, but their icons have not: castles were where the aristocracy once lived. Now, the castles live their static lives, in a post-colonial landscape, and their functions are mysteriously diversified, giving rise to this project and its attendant probings.

This collective photographic exhibition is made up of great photographers, to young creators of the Mexican photography.
The project was defined, in black and white images, partly to demystify the color of the skin, and thus enter into a vision of images in small format, inviting us to slide into what the photographic creation or trade of the lens has for offer us in an “erotic environment”, and that in itself is something irresistible, .. because, what is more erotic than ourselves?
In these images our visual journey will begin, where we will see the body, its intimacies, unfolding, symbolism and sacrifice are part of the task of this intimate collection that will of course cross borders beyond our own skin.

Second Floor Exhibition Space

Curated by Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt

Throughout history, Venus has stood as the great archetype of love, beauty, enticement, seduction, sexuality, eroticism, fertility, desire and prosperity. As the goddess of love, she was seen as having blessed the unions of mortals by taming and assimilating the male essence and blending it with the female. As a fertility symbol, she was revered as the mother of the Roman people. As a “changer of hearts,” she was seen as a transformative force that encouraged her followers to cherish their sexuality and celebrate it in the context of love, marriage and family. In yet another incarnation, she was seen as the motivator of women on behalf of the military and the state. In all of her aspirations and intents, she is still perceived today as the embodiment of all things feminine and the complementary opposite of her male cognate, Mars. Venus, whether in a contemporary or classical incarnation, represents the female way of being, seeing and creating.

​​Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt is the co-curator of The Bennett Collection, a collection of contemporary figurative realist paintings of women that she co-created with her collaborator and spouse, Steven Alan Bennett. She is a student of classical mythology and well-known presence among collectors of figurative realist paintings..

Lower Level Exhibition Space
Zhou B Art Center is pleased to announce Light Sleepers, a group exhibition presented by the Chinese Students and Scholars Association of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). The exhibition features 11 emerging artists based in Chicago, and will be on view at Zhou B Art Center on the lower floor, from April 20th to May 11th, 2018, with an opening reception on Friday, April 20th at 7pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Light Sleepers is curated by Anita Chen, Yuting He, Yidan Pang, and Ashley Wang. Funding and support are provided by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The featured artists are current students from SAIC with a Chinese/Asian cultural background. Their art practices cover multiple disciplines such as video, painting, photography, sculpture and sound. Coming from transnational backgrounds, the artists are sensitive to common practices, stereotypes, and societal trends. Expressing the struggles with such constraints in everyday life, they transcend the definition of identities and keep exploring through artistic approaches.

Judith Fang, Kat Gu, Leah Ke Yi, Caroline Lee Liu, Xiaotang Sun, Guanyu Xu, and Wei Shen. Featured artist groups include Oltree Hui & Xinyu “Frank” Meng, and Elaine Hsu & Craig Stam.

Lower Level exhibition space

PRESENTED BY dfbrl8r and 062


Francesco Kiàis [Italy/Greece]
ieke Trinks [Netherlands]
Colin Roberson [Chicago]
T Sam White [Chicago]

​Francesco Kiàis | Italy/Greece | is an artist, an independent art writer, and curator. He created and co-founded a platform based in Athens and

dedicated to performance art, the [mind the] G.A.P. – Gathering Around Performance. Last years he contributed, both as a theoretician and as an artist, to different educational and curatorial projects, among which the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK. In 2017 he held a series of lectures on Performance Art at the Ionian University, Corfu, Department of Audio and Visual Arts, as an external collaborator. His last workshop took place at the Athens Fine Arts under the title “Body and Citizenship”, aimed at a series of actions in the public space.

Kiàis’ performance, The Robin [or The Redbreast], looks at the fragility of the Robin, as a tiny figure who migrates, overcomes borders, crosses cultures, and provides a parallel to the fragility of those who, today, are forced to move, facing a thousand obstacles, finding even death in their path, and of those who identify themselves in more than one place, in more than one culture. The concept of his action is based on the materials which once were used to realize the Byzantine sacred icons, like: silver leaf, and a natural coloured paste used as a base for the silver or golden leaves. Instead of the red paste, usually used for the gold leaves, I am using a black paste and silver leaves, referring to the night, which is the moment when the most migrants are trying to cross the Mediterranean sea. In Mediterranean cultures, this kind of symbology is frequently renewed through centuries and cultures, transforming the significance of symbols, but following a path that goes deeply backward through the millennia. In Italy, the country where the artist was born, and in Greece, the country where he currently lives, the reality of migrations and the reception of migrant people have a dramatic impact, and raises ethical issues towards the richest countries in the north of Europe, where migrants are rejected. At a certain point of the performance, viewers will put the silver leaves on the artist’s chest, becoming ideally like the surface of the sea at night, on which the light of the moon is reflected. A sea of desires for a better life, for some; a sea of death, for others. The Robin is related, in religious iconography, to the Passion of Christ and to the Virgin Mary.

Francesco’s visit to Chicago is supported by [mind the] G.A.P. – Gathering Around Performance, with some additional support by The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Department of Performance. The artist would like to thank Mark Jeffery and Angeliki Tsoli, specifically.

ieke Trinks | Netherlands | has been working with minimal means and high concepts since 2013, when she produced “meetings” in Chicago and performed in Defibrillator’s Milwaukee Avenue space. In 2016 she performed several of her “performance monologues” at Defibrillator’s Chicago Avenue space, a project that was initiated by her interest in performance artists’ private recollections of performing live. This time she returns to the city to undertake an intensive tour of spaces, speakers, exhibitions, and communities. She takes interest in found materials – the collection and remediation of discarded or unvocalized elements – and has set herself the task
Colin Roberson | New Orleans/Chicago | is a photographer and writer. With ATOM-r, a Chicago based performance company, he has performed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Marlborough Theater in Brighton, and as part of the Queer Art & Film Festival in Prague. His work has been presented in Picture Newspaper, Juxtapox, The FADER, Hello Mr., MATTE, and The Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

T Sam White is a sculptor and performance artist currently based in Chicago. Originally from central Pennsylvania, he recently relocated from Baltimore Maryland where he studied and worked. His practice incorporates adolescent memory and queer identity, framed through the lens of scouting, to form multi-media artworks and performances.

062 Gallery is a curatorial platform for artist S.Y Lim

Defibrillator is made possible with support from The Reva and David Logan Foundation; Apis Mellifera Fidelity Charitable Grant; Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust; Martha Strutters Farley and Donald C. Farley, Jr. Family Foundation; Zhou B Art Center; DFBRL8R Board of Directors; and generous contributions from our loving community.

The Zhou B Art Center is a private non-government funded complex that facilitates the exchange of contemporary art between Chicago and the international art community. Founded in 2004 by the Zhou Brothers in Chicago’s historic Bridgeport neighborhood, The Zhou B Art Center has a mission to engage in cultural dialogue through contemporary art exhibitions and international programming.

Second Floor Exhibition Space

Curated by Doug Frohman

ARTISTS: Darrell Roberts, Rebecca Moy, Doug Frohman, Pamela Staker, Ford Crull

The gathering of these five artists, as individually accomplished as they are varied in style and execution all produce a heightened quality of vitality in the objects they create. This exhibition demonstrates how the individual character, craft and passion their work summons is greatly enhanced by proximity and the resulting dialogue amongst the works. The notion of two plus two equaling five applies here and then some… Though we often think of time as our most valuable commodity, it turns out that vitality or life itself actually takes the top spot. Time can race or it can drag whereas the presence of vitality makes or breaks the quality or lack thereof in one’s experience of life. Each of these artists reach for nothing less than the greatest possible expression of that ineffable quality.

The germ of the idea for “Vitality Rising” came from seeing some coiled wire on my work table. I had been writing in my notebook musing about the experiences that art sparks in the audience.Wondering where that inspiration comes from, I engaged several artists whose work and practices I deeply admire. In those dialogues I started getting excited about the possibility of an exhibit where this seminal question is explored in the artists’ works as well as a dialogue between their works and the audience. It was my great good fortune to be able to bring together a small group of artists whose work I greatly admire; work that is both powerfully unique and at the beating heart of where contemporary painting is today. One of the central themes that ran through the works of all these artists, whose materials, strategies and execution couldn’t have been more different, was the experience of vitality. As one walks among these works, engaging them individually as well as in dialogue with one another, the audience completes the circuit that began as that vital generative spark.


The best 1,000 student artists from approximately 125+ Illinois high schools will converge to showcase their art and vie for more than $20 million in college scholarships at the 5th annual Illinois High School Art Exhibition (IHSAE). Over 1,000 of the most talented students from 120 High Schools have been selected to showcase artwork at the exhibit and qualified to earn one of the available scholarships. The show runs from Monday, February 12 through Friday, March 9, at Zhou B Art Center and Bridgeport Art Center, in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood.

The exhibition’s main general exhibition event on Sunday, February 25 will feature ceremonies, early college scholarship announcements, awards presentations, and college recruitments at the Zhou B Art Center, and senior scholarship announcements at the Bridgeport Art Center. See event descriptions, images, times, and locations at IHSAE.org

The Illinois High School Art Exhibition is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is the advancement of visual arts education through exhibition. Developed by teachers for students in 2014, the organization is run by full-time art educators who collaborate with corporate sponsors, art schools/colleges/universities, and participating public, private, and charter high schools to celebrate and award the artistic talents of Illinois high school art students. The IHSAE cultivates further connections through community art programs, an Educator Art Show, Blick in-store events, presentations for art teachers at venues such as School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the National Art Education Association Conference, school programming support, collaborative connections with Illinois School Boards, and more.

Presented by DFBRL8R​

NON GRATA | 8 pm | South Parking Lot
INDUSTRY of the ORDINARY | 7-10 pm | Lower-Level North
ANARCHIST PRINTMAKER SHOW | 6-10 pm | Lower-Level South​

DFBRL8R proudly presents ANARCHIST PRINTS + PERFORMANCE ART on Friday, March 16, 2018, taking place at Zhou B Art Center, 1029 W. 35th Street in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago. Anarchist Estonian performance art collective NON GRATA will activate the south parking lot at 8PM; Chicago based, INDUSTRY of the ORDINARY will screen a video and present an interactive performance from 7-10PM in Lower Level North; and the PRINTMAKER SHOW is from 6-10PM in Lower Level South, curated by Anonymous Boh. This FREE event is part of 3RD Fridays at Zhou B Art Center.​

NON GRATA | 8PM | South Parking Lot | Anarchist performance art from an international collective featuring Anonymous Boh + Devil Girl [Estonia], Aleha Solano + Starlite + Kinobox Obscura Group [Finland], Wild Torus [New York], Salome Khelashvili [Georgia], Regina Garyunova [Russia], Amy Wilson [Chicago].

INDUSTRY of the ORDINARY | 7-10PM | Lower-Level North | Industry of the Ordinary is a two-person conceptual art collaborative, made up of Chicago-based artists and educators Adam Brooks and Mathew Wilson. Their work is usually performative or sculptural, often incorporating audience participation and interaction.

ANARCHIST PRINTMAKER SHOW | 6-10PM | Lower-Level South | Prints by Peeter Allik, Toomas Kuusing, Anonymous Boh, and Devil Girl. PLUS BADASS NON GRATA prints, T-shirts, and books for sale! Cash and cards are welcome!

​​Anonymous Boh is an Estonian curator, printmaker, and performance artist who, with non-stop world tours, performances, exhibitions, and publications, has created one of the most representative, significant, timely and transformative art movements in all of history. As Ring Master, Boh has become the Wild Bill Hickok, the P.T. Barnum, the Alfred Jarry, the Tristan Tzara, the Ezra Pound, the Orson Welles of our Era. We have entered The Apocalypse, The Storm. Boh, implementing all The Arts via NON GRATA's Diverse Universe global performances, reveals to us not only where we presently stand in The Storm but he also conjures visions of our soon to be realized post-apocalyptic absurdly and playfully tormented kaleidoscopic landscapes.

Peeter Allik [b 1966, Estonia] started exhibiting surrealistic oil paintings in the second half of the eighties, and in the nineties became an accomplished printmaker. His works often display a grotesque sense of dislocated reality. Allik graduated from Tartu University. In 1997 and was awarded the first laureate of Ado Wabbe Prize and in 2002 won the Gran Pri on VIII International Biennale of the Baltic States in Kaliningrad.

Group Exhibition

Lower Level

Friday, Feb 16th, 7-9pm​

With the growth of metropolitan cities worldwide, urgent issues in urban space nowadays not only include scarce urban resources and rapidly swelling populations, but also psychological vulnerability of individuals caused by shifting spatial structure and the complexity of interpersonal relationship. Combining the international and pioneering visions and missions, mainly collaborating with selected Chicago-based emerging artists, Bring Your Own Band-Aid demonstrates 3 issues related with post-industrial urban spaces: the complexity of spatial politics, the lack of intimate personal relationships, and the future dilemma of virtualized space.
According to basic framework of urban space formed by various human activities, we have divided the exhibition into three categories – public space, intimate space and virtual space, to reissue the concern on the psychological insecurity of the urban life from different perspectives. Combining the international and pioneering visions and missions, mainly collaborating with selected Chicago-based emerging artists, Bring Your Own Band-Aid demonstrates 3 issues related with post-industrial urban spaces: the complexity of spatial politics, the lack of intimate personal relationships, and the future dilemma of virtualized space. Further, the exhibition aims to give audiences opportunities to recall their isolated feelings and reconsider belongingness to the urban space they live in.

ARTISTS: Beier Zong, Bill Song, Leah Ke, Peng Song and Te Bao, Siyang Li, Wen Liu, Wei Zhao, Xiaotang Sun, Xiaoqing Zhu, Xiaoyuan Huang, Xinyi Li, Yuan Tao, Yulu Ge, Yunyuan Shi, and Zhucen Wei.

Bring Your Own Band-Aid is co-organized by Yidan Pang, Zheyuan Zhang, Yan Chao, Jiwei Shang, and Xiaotang Sun. This project has been made possible in part by a major grant from SAIC Arts Administration Enrichment Fund.​

The first official Defibrillator performance art exhibition at Zhou B Art Center
Sat, 10 Feb, 2018 | 6pm | free

Moe Satt | Máire Witt O’Neill | Cameron Clayborn | Angeliki Tsoli

We are delighted to announce that the non-profit performance art organization Defibrillator is relocating to Zhou B Art Center in February 2018! Their Inaugural performance is on Saturday Feb 10th. There will be a reception at 6pm followed by performance art at 7pm – the event is free and open to the public.

Moe Satt (b. 1983), lives and works as an artist and curator in Yangon, Myanmar. Moe started creating art after graduating from East Yangon University in Myanmar with a degree in Zoology in 2005. Part of a new generation of emerging Burmese artists, Satt founded Beyond Pressure in 2008, an international festival of Performance Art in Myanmar. He has participated in Live Art festivals throughout Asia and Europe and has been invited to serve as the resident artist at several locations including Rimbun Dahan (Malaysia, 2008), International Residence at Recollets (Paris, 2015), IASPIA (Sweden, 2016), and ACC (New York, 2017). His work has been included in several major exhibitions, including the Busan Biennale (2012), CAFA Biennale (Beijing, 2013), Concept Context Contestation: Collective-Driven Art In Southeast Asia (Bangkok, 2013), and The Journal of the Plague Year (South Korea, 2014). An Age of Our Own Making (Roskilde , 2016), Political Acts_ Pioneers of performance art in Asia (Melbourne, 2017). Moe Satt was a finalist for the Hugo Boss Asia Art Award 2015. Moe Satt is currently a Jackman Goldwasser Resident Artist at Hyde Park Art Center, and his participation in this exhibition is made possible in partnership with Hyde Park Art Center and the Asian Cultural Council.

Cameron Clayborn is a conceptual sculptor, designer, performance artist, and community organizer. Clayborn created their personal brand bôdēbuilder in 2017. As a bôdēbuilder, Clayborn’s practice works as a conglomerate that produces designed objects, performances, and events that focus on self care and exercise of their black queer body. Clayborn received their BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016, has been a resident at Chicago Artist Coalition as part of HATCH Projects, exhibited and performed at Boyfriends, Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago Art Department, Links Hall, Archer Ballroom Projects, and Tritriangle. Clayborn hosts and manages events at an artist run space named Fat City in Bridgeport and maintains a studio at Hyde Park Art Center. The performance for Inaugural is titled Substance (Performance 1), a video installation with performance that acts as an ongoing personal archive surveying the evolution of the artist’s identity and self descriptors.

Máire Witt O’Neill is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago, IL. She makes performance, reality television, lecture, and installation to undermine constructs of a broadly defined ‘authority’—seeking stability in groundlessness. Her work claims that cultural and socio-political ideas can function more productively when held in contradiction to one another. O’Neill is one half of the collaborative duo, Mia+Máire. Their work has been described as being both “inexplicable and self-explanatory.” Their largest project to date is the performance of the corporation, SoftPantsStudios, which creates Sad Girls Club TV and the new Mad Girls aka MAGGOTS Club TV. O’Neill received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and her MFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). O’Neill has exhibited and performed in venues such as Anthology Film Archives, NY; American Medium Gallery, NY; Mana Contemporary, NJ; Lithium Gallery, IL; High Tide, PA; Vox Populii, PA; Defibrillator, IL; The Nightingale Theater, IL; and Goldfinch Gallery, IL.

Angeliki Tsoli is an interdisciplinary visual performance artist and Fulbright Scholar from Athens, Greece, currently based in Chicago, USA. Her work explores the political, poetic and displaced body through actions in public space, photography, video, installations and experimental writing. Angeliki, has been working predominantly in the field of performance art for a number of years since studying in Spain at Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) and with the Erasmus European Exchange Program and Bartolomé Ferrando. Graduated with distinction from the department of Fine and Applied Arts from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and is pursuing her MFA in Performance Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Angeliki, is a co-founder, of the performance platform [MIND THE] G.A.P – Gathering Around Performance, in Athens. Tsoli has exhibited and performed in places such as Defibrillator, IL , Lithium Gallery, IL, Rosekill Performance Space, NY. Has participated in a number of international workshops such as Venice International Performance Art Week, and has worked with La Pocha Nostra, Zierle & Carter, Manuel Vason, Tania Bruguera, BBB Johannes Deimling, Francesco Kiais, and Dagmar I. Glausnitzer-Smith, in addition to working as a lead assistant to commissioned artists (Zierle&Carter) for the SPILL Festival of Performance in London(2015). Moreover, has been selected twice as a young artist to participate in the art festival organized by the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki. In Athens has been commissioned to make videos for theatrical performances in the Greek Theater of Karolos Koun and worked technically for the play “Satin Slipper” of Paul Claudel in the framework of Athens and Epidaurus Festival (2015).

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
MacLean Center | 112 S Michigan Ave | Room 2M
Tuesday 20 February | 4:15-5:30PM
Free | ID required to access the building

Defibrillator Gallery (a.k.a. DFBRL8R or ‘dfb’) was formed in 2010 as an international platform for performance art. Contextualizing performance within visual art, Defibrillator embraces those who look to the body in concert and conversation with time, space, object, architecture, or society. Courageous programming aims to provoke thought and stimulate discourse surrounding underrepresented voices and time-based practices. Boldly confronting expectations about what art is and what art can be, Defibrillator is dedicated to fostering local talent while invigorating Chicago with artists of exceptional calibre from around the world.

DFBRL8R is a 501c3 non-profit organization made possible with support from the Zhou B Art Center; Apis Mellifera; Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust; Martha Strutters Farley and Donald C. Farley, Jr. Family Foundation; DFBRL8R Board of Directors; and generous contributions from our loving community.

Second Floor Exhibition Space

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, Jan 19th, 7-10pm

The National Wet Paint MFA Biennial Exhibition was founded in 2010 by Sergio Gomez. It is an outlook and an overview of top MFA painting programs in the United States. Wet Paint refers to the idea that this is a fresh group of artists. They are MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) candidates and recent MFA recipients working primarily in the medium of painting. Now on its fourth edition this growing and highly competitive juried exhibition will bring to Chicago some of the most talented emerging artists in the country.

Wet Paint 2018 is fully funded by the Zhou B. Art Center which makes it possible for graduate students to submit works for consideration at no cost. The National Wet Paint MFA Biennial 2018 takes place from January 19 to February 10 in the spacious second floor gallery of the Zhou B Art Center. Wet Paint is juried by the Zhou B Art Center’s selection team and curated by Sergio Gomez, MFA.

The National Wet Paint MFA Biennial 2018 seeks to highlight traditional and experimental ways contemporary artists incorporate and embrace painting as their primary medium.