Instituto Gráfico de Chicago (IGC), a grassroots printing collective from the Pilsen neighborhood, is excited to announce its 6th annual FREE, educational printmaking festival, Grabadolandia, scheduled to take place November 16, 17, and 18, 2018.

GRABADOLANDIA is a three-day printmaking festival that spans multiple venues throughout the city of Chicago. The main event, which is a print fair, will once again be housed at the National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA). During this event, the public is invited to learn about printmaking and its rich history by participating in free demonstrations and hands-on activities. On the occasion of our 6th anniversary, we will also to be joined by four printmakers representing two of Oaxaca City’s most dynamic collectives, Burro Press and Cooperativa Grafica, who will lead several live demonstrations and conversations about contemporary printmaking in Mexico.

*Please join us for these special FREE events, highlighting the presence of an active and engaged printmaking community in the city of Chicago and beyond.


Art of Protest / Art of Dreams: Contemporary Printmaking in Oaxaca and Chicago

Opening Reception and Artist Talk with IGC

Friday, November 2, 4:30pm, Walford Galleries, Adams Hall

Instituto Gráfico de Chicago (IGC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining the critical activist tradition of Latino printmaking that unites communities of struggle around the world. IGC offers arts education programs for new generations to engage in printmaking as a social force. This network of printers comes together to advance the legacy and vitality of printmaking by hosting community events and creating opportunities for artists to participate in print exchange projects and promote their work in group exhibitions.

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Art of Protest / Art of Dreams

Art of Protest / Art of Dreams: Contemporary Printmaking in Oaxaca and Chicago

Mexico has a long-standing tradition of using printmaking as a force for social and political engagement. This exhibition explores the impact of this tradition on Latino artists today, bringing together over 30 printmakers from Oaxaca, Mexico to Chicago, USA. These artists share a common commitment to using art to draw people together and imagine a better future. Although they come from geographically and culturally diverse places, they are united in a belief in collaboration as a foundation for community, activism, and outreach. The work in the exhibition ranges from political protest to thought-provoking and poetic explorations of gender, domesticity, tradition, and contemporary life. Among the artists and presses featured are Edith Chávez and Ivan Bautista of Burro Press, Oaxaca, and the members of Instituto Gráfico de Chicago.

In conjunction with the exhibition, there will be several free hands-on printmaking workshops hosted by Instituto Gráfico de Chicago, as well as a panel discussion exploring the social, political, and artistic contexts of Oaxaca’s vibrant print scene.

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