Artist Projects


Maria Gaspar

The Cook County Jail is one of largest pre-detention facilities in the country, housing over 10,000 detainees daily and over 100,000 per year. Located at 26th street and California in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago (the artist’s native community), the jail is for some residents of the community an obtrusive reminder of incarceration, while altogether overlooked and strangely invisible to others. RADIOACTIVE will create a public, visual and sonic space that draws from those affected by incarceration to create narratives that counter preconceived notions of incarceration and provoke discussions around systems of power and their psychosocial geography. Audio will also be made available through an online archive, radio and other exhibition spaces.