Artist Projects

12 Ballads for Huguenot House


Theaster Gates

12 Ballads for Huguenot House explores the relationship between social enterprise, contemporary art practices, and architectural and cultural redevelopment. Theaster Gates plans to hire and train a team of unskilled laborers to assist him in dismantling the interior of a Chicago building slated for demolition. The salvaged materials will then be used to mend a historically significant hotel known as the Huguenot House in Kassel, Germany. The materials will be integral to the design process and will result in a new venue for Documenta. This project will also serve as the foundation for a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.