Chicago-based artist Aram Han Sifuentes (b. 1986) uses needle and thread as tools to examine immigration, citizenship, race, and craft, drawing on both personal experience and shared cultural identity. Beginning in April, Sifuentes presents her Protest Banner Lending Library, an ongoing project where patrons have the opportunity to learn skills to create their own banner and borrow from the growing library of handmade banners. Visitors can check out these handmade banners for free through August 11, during museum hours. To accompany this participatory artwork, her residency will also include a series of community workshops in St. Louis. Visitors can check out these handmade banners for free through August 11, during museum hours.
Sifuentes’s work has been exhibited and performed at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Chicago; Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum, Seoul, South Korea; Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia; and the Design Museum, London, U.K., among others.
Follow the project at #ProtestBannerLendingLibrary. If you still have a banner checked out from the library, email firstname.lastname@example.org to facilitate banner return.