Visual Arts

Now is the Time

UIC moves to digitize Latino art

Nancy Villafranca

“People don’t realize that in the heart of the U.S., in the Midwest, there’s these Mexicans, these Latinos. So I think that this conference is a big eye-opener for people who just think, ‘Oh, the Midwest, that’s a bunch of cornfields.’ —Eric Garcia, National Museum of Mexican Art


Apathy in the 25th

Four candidates attempt to unseat a powerful incumbent

Raziel Puma

Lining 18th Street, in the heart of Pilsen, are the recurrent red, white, and blue signs of mayoral and aldermanic candidates alike. Solis and Sigcho compete for attention among the white signs for Chuy Garcia. I see one “Mújica” sign at a local candy store. The shop owner says people came by to put up the sign and he let them—he can’t even vote in the election because he isn’t a U.S. citizen. As I go into the other shops one by one, I am met with blank stares and shrugs by these superficial endorsers. Continue reading

Activism | Features | Immigration

La lucha por quedarse

Wilson Gomez-Pu fue deportado en noviembre, su esposa y sus hijos permanecen aquí sin él

Imelda Salazar

Mi esposo llegó del trabajo, le di de comer y se bañó. Y yo le dije, ‘vamos a ir al parque con los niños, ¿no quieres ir?’ Me dijo ‘no, váyanse ustedes.’

Features | Immigration

The Fight to Stay

Wilson Gomez-Pu was deported in November, but his wife and children remain

My husband came back from work, I gave him something to eat, and he showered. And I tell him, ‘I’m going to the park with the kids, do you want to come?’

Stage & Screen | Visual Arts

Kinosonik #1

An immersive experience of words, images, and sound

The only source of light in the room is the soft, creamy glow of the desk lamps illuminating the artists’ worktables. Joseph Clayton Mills, his glasses white from the reflected light, leans over his serpentine cables and intricate sound-making apparatuses on the left. Facing him on the right side, Marvin Tate leans back, shadowy, his red beanie floating in the darkness, behind a desk with a large book and a microphone. A blank square screen hangs in the space between them. Continue reading

Faith | Little Village

Father Nevins of Santa Inés de Bohemia

The Little Village pastor on his experiences with the Latino community

The identity of Little Village has undergone periods of subtle transformation, as the neighborhood has shifted from being defined by Irish, Eastern-European, Polish, to Mexican immigrants. The richness of the history is not obvious, as with each wave of immigrants the facade of the area has evolved to accommodate a new culture. It is for this reason that the European-style church on Central Avenue—a side street off of hectic 26th Street—is so magnificent and unexpected. With an ornate bell tower and luminous stained glass windows, the church evokes another era entirely. St. Agnes of Bohemia, now more commonly called Santa Inés de Bohemia, was built in 1904 by Czech immigrants. Lined with pews, the inside of the church is richly decorated with various statues and gold detailing. As Catholicism is such a vital part of Latin American culture, the church has become a center of the community, and its priests, com- munity leaders. The pastor of St. Inés de Bohemia is Father Don Nevins, an Irish American and Chicagoan with perfect Spanish. Sitting in a bare conference room with images of saints and other religious symbols hung neatly on the walls, Father Don Nevins tells me about his experiences as a priest and as a leader within the Little Village and Pilsen communities.

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Activism | Immigration

Delay and Dismay

Executive action on immigration

At the corner of 19th and Carpenter, Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD) gathered for a public forum introducing their new report on immigration reform, Destructive Delay. Written in response to President Obama’s call for patience from immigration rights groups, and to bring to light the practices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the report gives a voice to the undocumented immigrant population. Tania Unzueta, the main author of the report led the evening’s presentation. Continue reading