Chicago Works: Faheem Majeed | Museum of Contemporary Art | Galleries | Chicago Reader

Chicago Works: Faheem Majeed Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: March 10-Aug. 16 2015

When curator Steven Bridges invited Faheem Majeed to do a show at the MCA, he was most interested in Majeed's work as an artist. Majeed, who lives in South Shore, takes photos and creates installations that both record the changes in his neighborhood and reflect on his role as an artist living in that neighborhood. "Art brings attention to spaces," Majeed explains. "It moves things around, speeds things up. When I built a shack [as an installation], people asked, 'Why are you building a shack in the neighborhood?' I said, 'I live here.' They said, 'No, why are you building a shack in the neighborhood?'" But Majeed is not just an artist. He's also an arts administrator—for six years, he was the executive director of the South Shore Community Arts Center—and a professor at UIC. He knows a lot of people. "The best use of a network," he says, "is to support curators at other institutions." So he suggested to Bridges that his MCA show also function as a collaboration with SSCAC. "At first Steven thought it was weird," Majeed says, "but then he thought it was brilliant." The SSCAC show, curated by MCA Teen Creative Agency alumni Kara Franco and Lamar Gayles, opens in May. In the meantime, Majeed will be bringing a handful of his own collaborators to the MCA, including students and alumni of Donda's House, the music education program founded by Donda West (mother of Kanye); performers from the Chicago Home Theater Festival; artist Avery Young; and Majeed's wife, LaShana Jackson, the person with whom, he says, he has the best conversations about his work. "At the core," he says, "I'm interested in the notion of home." —Aimee Levitt

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