Gio Swaby: Fresh Up
April 8, 2023 - July 3, 2023
Art Institute of Chicago
111 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603

The multi-disciplinary artist uses textiles to upend notions of domesticity and femininity with her monumental embroidered portraits. With each portrait, the artist, who grew up in the Bahamas, emphasizes her sitters’ style as an exploration of Blackness and womanhood. According to the artist, the show’s title is taken from a Bahamian compliment. “It holds a lot of positivity and joy. It also speaks to the tone of confidence and power that I want to create with these works,” she says. 

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