Homegirls: New Work From Chicago | Chicago Reader

Homegirls: New Work From Chicago

The longest of these seven videos by female Chicago artists, Division + Western (2002), takes its name from the Humboldt Park intersection. Equating gentrification with colonization, director Rachel Rinaldo admits that she's part of the problem—she likes sushi too—but she glosses over the difference between invasion by force of arms and takeover by real estate buyouts. Mary Patten's moving Letters, Conversations: New York-Chicago, Fall 2001 contrasts depictions of the aftermath of September 11 with those of the subsequent agonies of Afghanistan in an implicit indictment of American self-centeredness. In A Fish (Almost) Eaten by a Shark, Zaida Sanabia documents the resistance she encounters from students and staff at her high school while making a video about how to start a gay-straight alliance. Anna Christopher's amusing Sock It to Me is a self-deprecating bit of faux autobiography chronicling her difficult relationship with her mother and the serial rejection of her work by the “Annual Midwest Sock Art Convention.” 98 min.

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