2017 Awardee The Back Room at Kim’s Corner Food Back Room Residencies

May-October, 2018
The Back Room at Kim’s Corner Food
1371 W. Estes Ave., Chicago, IL

We are pleased to announce The Back Room Residencies, a six-month-long series of residencies in The Back Room at Kim’s Corner Food, beginning in May and running through the end of October.

These four residencies are conceived as platforms for experimental responses to the ongoing project of The Back Room, and its unique context in the realm of Kim’s Corner Food and Thomas Kong’s practice.

1371 West Estes Avenue is decidedly a site of production—as we begin this series, we are excited to transition the focus of our programming from an exhibition space to a nakedly work-in-progress-driven operation.

To this end, the four artists in the series have each chosen a description of their position which diverges from the standard moniker ‘artist’—Jesse Malmed will act as Dramturge-in-ResidenceAlejandro T. Acierto as Archivist-in-ResidenceAram Han Sifuentes as Gyopo-in-Residence, and Robin Hustle will be Ruth-in-Residence.

MAY 1 – JUNE 24, 2018
Jesse Malmed
(aka Titler-in-Residence, Helper-in-Residence, Salesman-in-Residence)

Raised at Spirit of the Earth in Santa Fe (née Ribbons of Pune), the progeny of Wonder Cleaner/Trade-Ur-Vac/Iguana Zeolite/TRS (Vancouver/Edmonton) and Party Pickins (Philadelphia), Jesse Malmed’s life in small businesses includes stints at and as Wicked Sandwiches of the West, Deep Leap, Lasercave, the Live to Tape Artist Television Festival, Western Pole, Trunk Show, HALLWALLS2, The Nightingale Cinema and ACRE TV.www.jessemalmed.net

JUNE 25 – AUGUST 15, 2018
Alejandro T. Acierto

Alejandro T. Acierto is an artist and musician whose work is largely informed by the breath, the voice, and the processes that enable them. He is Artist in Residence in Critical Race Studies at Michigan State University, a 3Arts awardee, and has shown his work internationally at the Film Society of the Lincoln Center, MCA Chicago, and the Art Institute of Chicago among others. A founding member of Ensemble Dal Niente, Acierto holds an MFA from University of Illinois at Chicago, an MM from Manhattan School of Music, and a BM from DePaul University. alejandroacierto.com

Aram Han Sifuentes

Aram Han Sifuentes is an artist who creates socially engaged and materially rich projects that aim to create an art world that is available and accessible for those who are disenfranchised, particularly for dispossessed immigrants of color. Aram is currently an Artist in Residence at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, and a Sponsored Artist at High Concept Labs. She is a 2016 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow, a 2016 3Arts Awardee, and a 2017 Sustainable Arts Foundation Awardee.

MAY 1 – OCTOBER 31, 2018
Robin Hustle

Robin Hustle as Ruth-in-Residence is a neighbor, nurse, and artist. During her residency—which will span the entire duration of the Back Room Residencies—she plans to bring people together for food and community, scheme with Thomas, and work on a publication.