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Aram Han Sifuentes

Fiber Artist
2016 3Arts Awards
Visual Arts

Aram Han Sifuentes is a fiber and social practice artist who works to claim spaces for immigrant and disenfranchised communities. Her work often revolves around skill sharing, specifically sewing techniques, to create multiethnic and intergenerational sewing circles, which become a place for empowerment, subversion, and protest. Solo exhibitions of her work have been exhibited at Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (Chicago, IL), Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago, IL), Chicago Cultural Center (Chicago, IL), Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia, PA), Table Art Center (Charleston, IL), University Galleries at Illinois State University (Normal, IL), and Pulitzer Arts Foundation (St. Louis, MO). Her upcoming solo exhibition, Talking Back to Power, will be on exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center (Los Angeles, CA) in October 2020. 

 

Aram is a 2016 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow, 2016 3Arts Awardee, 2017 Sustainable Arts Foundation Awardee, and a 2020 Map Fund Grantee. Her project Protest Banner Lending Library was a finalist for the Beazley Design Awards at the Design Museum (London, UK) in 2016. She earned her BA in Art and Latin American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the 2020-2021 Artist-in-Residence at Loyola University Chicago.

Featured Artworks

  •  Aram Han Sifuentes artwork We Are Never Never Other We Are Never Never Other, 2018 PVC Coated Vinyl 137 1/3 × 264 inches (348.7 × 670.6 cm), Installed at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Photo credit: Alise O'Brien
  •  Aram Han Sifuentes artwork Protest Banner Lending Library Protest Banner Lending Library (workshops and physical lending library of protest banners), 2016 - present. Photo credit: eedahahm
  •  Aram Han Sifuentes artwork Protest Banner Lending Library A flag from the Protest Banner Lending Library. Photo credit: Lillstreet Art Center
  •  Aram Han Sifuentes artwork Protest Banner Lending Library Banner in use, 2019 March for DACA and TPS in NYC to Washington D.C.. Photo credit: Nakasec
  •  Aram Han Sifuentes artwork Protest Banner Lending Library Banner in use, 2019 March for DACA and TPS in NYC to Washington D.C.. Photo credit: Nakasec
  •  Aram Han Sifuentes artwork U.S. Citizenship Test Sampler Samplers made by non-citizens living and working in the United States (24 out of 116), 2014 - present, cotton thread, felt, beads, sequins on linen, each sampler is 11 x 8.5 inches. Photo credit: Hyoungsang Yoo Each of these samplers are on sale for the cost of applying for citizenship - $725. If sold, the full amount goes to the maker of sampler for their work.
  •  Aram Han Sifuentes artwork U.S. Citizenship Test Sampler #53 by Karina #53 by Karina, 2014, cotton fabric and embroidery floss on linen, 11 x 8.5 inches. Photo credit: Jayson Cheung
  •  Aram Han Sifuentes artwork Messages to Authorities (Go Away!) Messages to Authorities (Go Away!), 2018, Wool felt and fusible web on household curtains, 108 x 114 inches. Photo credit: AHS
  •  Aram Han Sifuentes artwork Messages for my Neighbors (Stay Safe!) Messages for My Neighbors (Spanish), 2019, Wool felt and fusible web on household curtains, 96 x 114 inches. Photo credit: AHS

    It reads: You have constitutional rights. DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR if an immigration agent is knocking on the door. DO NOT ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS from an immigration agent if they try to talk to you. You have the right to remain silent. DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING without first speaking to a lawyer. You have the right to speak with a lawyer. If you are outside of your home, ask the agent if you are free to leave and if they say yes, leave calmly.

  •  Aram Han Sifuentes artwork Official Unofficial Voting Station: Voting for All Who Legally Can't Vote Here voting station activated by Brandon Bullard at Heidelberg Project in Detroit, 2016. Photo credit: Brandon Bullard
  •  Aram Han Sifuentes artwork Official Unofficial Voting Station: Voting for All Who Legally Can't Vote Here voting station activated by Brandon Bullard at Heidelberg Project in Detroit, 2016. Photo credit: Brandon Bullard
  •  Aram Han Sifuentes artwork Official Unofficial Voting Station: Voting for All Who Legally Can't Vox Pop: The Disco Party in collaboration with Lise Haller Baggesen at Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in Chicago, 2016. Photo credit: JAHHM
  •  Aram Han Sifuentes artwork Official Unofficial Voting Station: Voting for All Who Legally Can't Vox Pop: The Disco Party in collaboration with Lise Haller Baggesen at Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in Chicago, 2016. Photo credit: Sarah Pooley Total votes: 4317, Clinton 2356, Trump 278, Stein 302, Johnson 147, Write in 1084 (Bernie Sanders in the lead), No vote 113
  •  Aram Han Sifuentes artwork Official Unofficial Voting Station: Voting for All Who Legally Can't Two ballots from 2016

Aram Han Sifuentes has crowd-funded a project with 3AP

  • Protest Banner Lending Library

    • $5,319 raised of $5,000 goal
    • 0 Days 0:00:00 LEFT
      • 3Arts matched
      • 106% funded

    This is an urgent moment of crisis in our country. Protests are erupting every day across the United States against hatred, bigotry, xenophobia, misogyny, and in favor of human rights. Last year, as an act of creative resistance and solidarity, …

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  • Voting Kits for the Disenfranchised

    • $3,512 raised of $3,500 goal
    • 0 Days 0:00:00 LEFT
      • 3Arts matched
      • 100% funded

    For the 2020 U.S. Presidential election season, I am planning to create Voting Kits for the Disenfranchised, a series of toolkits for artists, activists, educators, students, and others to produce imaginative voting stations that will bring attention to voting …

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