Portal: online screenings | Guy Ben Ner

September 14 to September 28, 2020

Foreign Names focuses on the worker displacement in a compilation of video clips from Aroma, an Israeli coffee shop chain. Ben-Ner’s video shows counter staff at the coffee shops yelling nonsensical English “names,” fabricated and given to them by the artist. The texts edited together become a lament of the waiters’ disappearance and the state of workers today.



And you hold power

September 14, 2020, to March 13, 2021

Visible in the exterior Gallery 400 windows along Van Buren Street, Nia Easley’s text-based work And you hold power considers ideas of place and belonging in the midst of the ever-changing neighborhood around Gallery 400, as well as in our city of Chicago.