Voices of Protest 

Voices of Protest offers unique events at the intersection of arts and activism. Writers from around the globe who are working in or visiting Chicago, including those who have inherited diasporic legacies from earlier generations, share work and reflections on the political situations that threaten free expression, in addition to the safety and well being, of artists everywhere. By featuring work that speaks out against, or has itself been subject to, censorship and other types of suppression, Voices of Protest emphasizes the importance of writing as a form of resistance and a means of establishing solidarity with oppressed and persecuted people everywhere. In the process, it highlights how refugees and other immigrants, and the oppressive policies that have brought so many here, have shaped the political and literary landscape of Chicago.


Stony Island Arts Bank
6760 S. Stony Island Ave., Chicago

Open visiting hours: Fri – Sun 12- 6pm
Through August 11th

More info & RSVP here.

Part of a collaboration between The Guild Complex and Rebuild Foundation presented along with, and in response to, Rebuild Foundation’s Objects of Care: Material Memorial for Tamir Rice on the Arts Bank lawn, this exhibit builds on the 2016 anthology of African American political art and poetry, Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin (WW Norton), to capture the transformative power that fuels social movements and sustains families and communities confronting state violence against black and brown youth.

Curated by Of Poetry and Protest Co-Editor/Guild Founding Director Michael Warr together with The Guild and Rebuild, the exhibit presents words and images featured in the book – portraits, poems, documentation, and creative response — alongside Present Absence, a five-channel video installation by Chicago artists Salome Chasnoff + Meredith Zielke that makes visible the lives of individuals killed by Chicago Police through intimate one-on-one interviews with their families and close friends.