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Re: “Performance Art at the British Consul General's Residence

Four UK artists are featured in a night of Performance Art to benefit a children's charity. Your $20 donation gets you in, an incredible view of the city and a glass of wine... best of all, 100% of your donation goes to Vanavevhu a children's charity which provides support and advocates for child-headed households in Zimbabwe.


Mark Jeffery is a performance/installation artist, curator and educator at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since 1993 Mark Jeffery has developed unconventional collaborations with visual artists, scholars, video artists, sound artists, new media and code artists, dancers, choreographers, curators, and writers. His works often involve public participation.

Robin Deacon is an artist, writer and filmmaker. Working since the early 1990's, much of his work encompasses live performance with a series of performed lectures that have explored journalistic and documentary approaches to arts practice. This will be Robin's first public performance in Chicago since moving here to take up his post as Assistant Professor, Performance, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Industry of the Ordinary was formed in 2003, by Adam Brooks and Mathew Wilson. Industry of the Ordinary is dedicated to an exploration and celebration of the customary, the everyday, and the usual. Their emphasis is on challenging pejorative notions of the ordinary and, in doing so, moving beyond the quotidian. IotO will be having a mid-career survey, Sic Transit Gloria Mundi: Industry of the Ordinary, in the main exhibition hall at the Chicago Cultural Center from August 2012 until February 2013.

This event is being held in conjunction with The UK Government Art Collection. For over 100 years, the UK Government Art Collection has collected works of art to promote British art and artists. Works from the Collection are placed in British Government buildings in the UK and in nearly every capital city around the world, and are seen by hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. The Government Art Collection has curated the work which is currently hung in the Residence of the UK Consul General to Chicago.

Vanavevhu provides support and advocates for child-headed households in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city. Incorporated in Illinois in 2007, the organization is beginning its third year of operations. Elizabeth Mhangami, the founder of Vanavevhu, was born and raised in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and moved to the US in 1999. She is a recent graduate of Loyola University Chicago, where she earned her Bachelor’s in Political Science and Women’s Studies.

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Posted by Teresa Albor on 04/09/2012 at 12:43 PM

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