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May 29

Hosted by Michael Aguhar + Irina Zadov
Produced by Silvia Gonzalez + Himabindu Poroori
Artists to be announced. This home is wheelchair accessible.

Michael Aguhar is an attorney and organizer.  He was born in Edgewater and raised in Houston, Texas.  Thirty years later, he moved back to Chicago to build community.  Currently, he is the Executive Director of the Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE), a grassroots organization that builds the capacity of the Filipino/a/x community to organize on issues of social, racial, and economic justice.  In 2016, he worked in coalition with low-income workers to pass the Illinois Domestic Worker Bill of Rights.  When he is not working on immigrant rights and worker rights, Michael can be found in the kitchen cooking or reading a cookbook.

Irina Zadov is an artist, educator, and cultural organizer. A Soviet Jewish refugee, her practice explores the liminal space between individual and collective, home and state, diasporic community and chosen family. At its core, her work is relational. She builds with youth, artists, grassroots organizers, and cultural institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Hyde Park Art Center, Smart Museum of Art, National Museum of Mexican Art, DuSable Museum of African American History, Cambodian American Heritage Museum, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, Chicago Freedom School, Free Street Theater, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, and DCR Studios in The Hague. She is currently the Senior Program Specialist at the Chicago Park District where she co-creates city-wide youth programs exploring identity, community, and solidarity through the lens of cultural stewardship. She is a Co-Founder and Executive Producer of the Chicago Home Theater Festival, which she loves with all her heart.

Silvia Gonzalez is an Artist and Educator living in Chicago creating zines and curating workshops to address police violence, labor rights, imagination, play, freedom, and confinement. Collaborative justice based projects include work with local art groups such as the Chicago ACT (Artist Creating Transformation) collective and the 96 Acres Project, led by the Artist Maria Gaspar. Silvia Gonzalez has experience organizing educational workshops that centralize creative work with intergenerational participants interested in critically disrupting current power imbalances. As an multidisciplinary artist, she uses visual and performance work to make connections between justice work, education, histories of trauma, manners of healing, Xicanidad, the Nepantla state, and the radical imaginary. She is the organizer of an artist group called POCAS, People of Color Artist Space and connects artists of color from across Chicago to resources and each other. 

Himabindu (Bindu) Poroori is a storyteller, musician, and curator. As co-curator at Salonathon, she creates space for underground, emerging, and genre-defying art in Chicago. Bindu also works as a Community Engagement Coordinator with Illinois Humanities. Her own artistic work deals with modern South Asian immigrant identity, primarily through music and written/spoken word. Catch her performing across the city solo and with her collective, LEELA.