Poetry is a Place

Opening: Friday, Feb 9, 2024 6 – 8 pm
Friday, Feb 9 – Mar 8, 2024

500 N. Michigan Ave, Ste 1450, Chicago, IL 60611

The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago is pleased to present the exhibition Poetry is a Place curated by Italian artist and illustrator Alessandro Ferraro. The exhibition will present a selection of artworks produced by a group of students of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, who participated in a workshop in October 2023 led by Ferraro, in collaboration with artist and professor Cecilia Beaven.

Working with illustration for almost thirty years, for a long time Ferraro has been interested in the relationship between written words and images, particularly in the context of illustration, where the image retains a functional purpose in relation to writing. From the point of view of the artist, words can also represent inspiration, a starting point where images originate and find their freedom, separating from the text to become something new.

Poetry is a Place brings together two mediums that represent complementary forms of communication: poetry and postcards. Both artistic forms allow us to create images that can potentially connect people and reduce distance. A distance that is not so much physical, as we live in a digital word, but conceptual, cultural and personal. The art created for this project has the potential to represent identities that come into contact, and create new connections and dialogues.

Opening Hours
Monday-Friday, from 11:00am to 4:00pm
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