In the Project Room, Rozalinda Borcila & Brian Holmes present Foreign Trade Zone: A People’s Consultancy. The project reflects on the historical developments and present-day realities of ports, warehouse districts and transit corridors, asking why and how Chicago’s lakefront and waterways went “offshore.”
Weekly events and site visits propose a collective interrogation of Chicago’s trade landscapes and no-go zones, including so-called “foreign trade zones” (FTZs), artificial tax-shelter islands that play a central role in today’s global supply chains. The project room will also serve as a meeting point for consultation and the sharing of knowledge, for discussions and workshops. This hybrid project is organized along the corridor flow between art and research. It’s an experiment, a sounding board, a rendezvous, a way station. Follow the project here.
Calendar of Excursions and Workshops
For the month of May the Project Room at Threewalls hosts, not exactly an art exhibition, but a learning project that seeks to bring us into contact with some of the infrastructural forces driving the transformation of our society. We begin with maps, images and concepts, a set of materials to use and unmake, a set of knowledges to break apart and rebuild. Through workshops, walks and excursions we will extend the investigation into the lived space of the trade corridor heading southwest out of the city – an integrated space of highways, rails, canals and trade zones linked up to global supply chains. All events are free and public.
Rozalinda Borcilă is interested in the ways border regimes are produced, experienced and contested. She collaborates with Compass, No Name Collective and Moratorium on Deportations Campaign, and is committed to border abolition activism. She has taught walking seminars as experimental activism and artistic research in universities, social centers and refugee camps. She is Romanian, currently based in Chicago where she lives with her awesome daughter Liana.
Brian Holmes is a cultural critic and autonomous researcher. He speaks French and Spanish, travels and lectures extensively, collaborates with artists and activists, and has never gotten used to capitalism. In Chicago he works with the Compass group. His essays are archived on the blog Continental Drift.
Partially supported by a grant from Art Matters Foundation.