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3rd Language

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artist bio

3rd language was founded in 2012 as we grew tired of the lacking existence of queer individuals, people of color and others marginalized by economic and social circumstances at art galleries and arts related spaces. We began to think of ways to provide a platform for people within our community. We formed a Chicago-based collective of artists and thinkers exploring and embracing difference, otherness and transgression. We name this distinctness, Queer. We are interested in a Queerness that emphasizes ambivalences and the shifting and questioning of boundaries. Our Queerness is rooted in our identification within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* spectrum. Through 3rd Language we share contemporary work by contemporary artists through the creation of a quarterly publication.
With several publications, independently funded by our extended community, we have shown work that represents not only marginalized individuals but also marginal perspectives. We place an emphasis on showing work created by queer-identified contemporary artists of color. It has been with great pleasure that we have shown inspiring works by artist from Chicago, Canada, New York, Mexico and Milwaukee. These artists have creatively articulated experiences that have questioned social and cultural dividing lines.

artist statement

We are a Chicago-based collective of artists and thinkers exploring and embracing difference, otherness and transgression. We name this difference, otherness and transgression, Queer. We are interested in a Queerness that emphasizes ambivalences, shifting boundaries and re-imagined social constructions*. We aim to render norms questionable. It is through a collaborative, non-hierarchical and malleable practice that we create the venue for shifting identities. Through creation, publication and curation we reflect our community - a community defined outside fixed categories of identity. Our mission is to foster inclusive spaces for Queer discourse, action and change. We support the development, sharing, and critique of contemporary work by emerging artists. We do not seek consensus, but a community composed of multiplicities and differences as amorphous as Queer identity itself.