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+ gallery Chicago’s mission is to provide space to underrepresented local artists, makers, activists, story tellers, instructors, and other community organizers to share experiences, skills, resources and locally crafted goods with one another and the public.
Our vision is to strengthen local communities and coalitions examining institutional and social oppression, while considering global impact.
Intentions: Proudly positioned in Pilsen and La Villita . + gallery Chicago will center and amplify the voices of people of all ages who are Black and brown, living with disabilities, immigrants and migrants, gender non-conforming, non-binary and LGBTQIA+, women and Femme, working class and poor. We use “+” as a symbol of intersecting identities and experiences, especially within LGBTQIA+. Everyone is welcome.
Mashuska was born and raised in Chicago. After her family was displaced from Lakeview due to rising rents in 1987, she moved around several neighborhoods before moving to Pilsen in 2006. Although she never connected to art seen at museums, she immediately identified with Chicago’s graffiti subculture in the mid-90s. The ban on the sales of spray paint within the city limits and a discovery of Adobe Photoshop would send her on a path towards graphic design. She currently pays the bills by providing web and graphic design for a group of alternative high schools. She also is committed to local and global initiatives centered on digital security and an open internet. Her work is digital art with that remixes existing designs while making subtle or overt political statements.
In 2006, Torie moved to Chicago for access to public transportation and education. She is a self and community taught artist, best known for photographs centering Queer women and Femmes. She uses her practice to uplift herself and others, while questioning social constructs, monoliths and structures of power. Through her work, she searches for solutions to feelings of scarcity and fear. Her work with + gallery Chicago focuses on collaborating with existing social justice initiatives, and creating more opportunities for herself and others to live lives that are affirming as individuals and members of a collective of earth dwellers.