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906 | Stitching a Citizen
906 | Stitching a Citizen

US Citizenship Test Sampler by Aram Han Sifuentes

Sunday, November 8 | 12-2 PM
Mana Contemporary, Café
S Allport St & W Cermak Rd | Chicago, IL | 60608
  • General Public: Free

One of the many requirements to becoming an American citizen is the ability to pass an exam. Chicago artist Aram Han Sifuentes became interested in the questions on the US Naturalization Test and what they communicate about American ideals of citizenship. To get a conversation started, she employs a unique educational tool: the needlework samplers popular among young women in colonial America. Han has undertaken the project of stitching every question on the test (and her answers) and has invited hundreds of citizens and non-citizens alike to create personalized samplers. Contribute to Han's US Citizenship Test Sampler, and receive a lesson in old-fashioned sampler stitching!

The annual Richard Gray Visual Art Series recognizes a significant gift from founding CHF board member and distinguished art dealer Richard Gray.

Aram Han Sifuentes was born in Seoul, South Korea and immigrated to Modesto, California in 1992. She mines from her family’s immigration experience to address issues of labor and explores identity as a 1.5-generation immigrant. Han’s work has been shown in numerous national and international exhibitions. In her multi-faceted practice, she also writes and is independently curating a AAA oral history collection on craft. She was also a 2012 - 2013 Curatorial Fellow at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

  • Richard Gray Visual Art Series
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