Graduate Alumni > 2021-2022 Mitchell Lectures

Shaping Space
Tuesday, October 26th 4:00-5:15pm, CST

Free and open to the public.
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How do we respond to place and displacement in real and imagined spaces? How do bodies inhabit spaces and become the space that they inhabit? How do inhabited spaces shape bodies and mental geography? Elnaz Javani will discuss her practice and her current and previous projects that explore the landscapes of biography, surreality, fantasy, and madness in the intersection of identities.

Made possible by the generous support of the William Bronson and Grayce Slovett Mitchell Lectureship in Fiber and Material Studies.

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Elnaz Javani is an artist and educator, currently residing in Chicago. She works between textiles, drawing, print, soft objects and installations. Her practice revolves around the fragmentation of identity and place, power dynamics and labor. She holds an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she was the recipient of the New Artist Society Merit Scholarship, and a BFA from Tehran University of Art. Javani was awarded a Faculty Enrichment Grant from SAIC, a Spark Grant from Chicago Artist Coalition, the Kala Art Institute Fellowship Award and Residency Grant, the Define American Art Fellowship Grant, and the Hyde Park Art Center Flex Space Residency Award. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally in the USA, Spain, Iran, France, Colombia, Turkey, UAE, Germany, Canada, and Switzerland.

[Image description: Promotional poster with sky blue and white text on a burgundy background for Elnaz Javani's Mitchell Lecture series presented by Fiber and Material Studies department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The poster includes an image of a group of white soft sculptural figures—humans and animals—resting on a wooden floor.]