Please join us for a Conversation and Closing Celebration for Xenophilia.
Unlike its more familiar opposite, the term xenophilia is rarely used today, particularly in a global political climate characterized by fear, suspicion and aversion to the other. This exhibition imagines a different reality in which the notion of foreignsimply suggests an alternate viewpoint. Xenophilia does not reinforce familiar dichotomies between native-born vs. outsider, center vs. margin, migration vs. stagnation, but instead proposes a new world in which multiple perspectives not only coexist but enhance and amplify each other.
This exhibition features a selection of recent painting, sculpture, textile and photo-based work by MFA students from The School of the Art Institute, both current and recent graduates, who hail from across India and have relocated to Chicago to study art, build a new body of work, translate their practice to a new public, and call the city home.