Rui Sha
Non-Decorative Wall Light
1224 W Loyola Ave, Chicago IL
January 28, 2022 - February 5, 2022



Non-Decorative Wall Light is a video installation first realized in 2018. It originated from the artist’s studio space. Going into the studio and working became a repetitive day-to-day life. The creation of art turned into mundanity. By interacting with the existed common objects in the space, the daily actions transform into performances that evoke the appreciation of everyday life.

This iteration adapts the work to the idiosyncratic space of Roman Susan. The installation consists of three parts, including Automatic Plant Watering System, Self Sufficient Projector, and Wireless Window Opener. Visitors are welcome to stay for an extended time to enjoy the stillness of both videos and life. Non-Decorative Wall Light is on view directly from the street after dark. 

Rui Sha is an interdisciplinary artist who primarily works in the fields of sculpture and new media. She grew up in Beijing and worked as a furniture designer there before moving to Chicago, where she completed an MFA degree in Art and Technology Studies at the School of Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited in places such as Elastic Art in Chicago, Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph, and CICA Museum in Gimpo, Korea. Sha has previously shared work at Roman Susan through the exhibition Floating in a Room of Water with Saebom Yang in 2020. For more information, please visit ruiisa.com.




WATCHTOWER 12-12-12
1224 W Loyola Ave, Chicago IL
January 11, 2022 - January 22, 2022



Created together in democratic collaboration among artists Rosé Hernandez, Ginger Krebs, Bryan Saner, Aurora Tabar, and Sara Zalek, with videography by Rustel Weiss. WATCHTOWER is a temporary collaborative performance ensemble. We move and use the body in alternative ways in order to challenge its domestication. We inhabit socially abnormal behaviors, for example the body as animal, aging, multi-gendered, deformed and full of contradictions. The decision to be in relation to otherness is central to the work we make. We create a way of being that allows us to be ourselves in good faith with each other and this practice is healing. Our work is responsive rather than scripted. We prioritize taking time and attending to place.


WATCHTOWER 12-12-12 was made for New Capital Projects closing show in December 2012. The video projection WATCHTOWER 12-12-21 (with Edited Captions) will be on view directly from the street in front of Roman Susan each evening after sunset, while the space is closed to the public. During this period, the artists will be in residence at the storefront in many capacities. More on this shortly!


Kevin Stuart
between all saints day and halloween
1224 W Loyola Ave, Chicago IL
December 4, 2021 - January 2, 2022

My mother wore pastel colours and when we leave we become diffuse, aspects of us get seen in the world around those we loved. It snowed a lot in January, and by spring I had realized the pale colours of the flowers and the world in the snowstorms were the same that my mother wore. If anything can change anything, or if there’s a chance for anyone to move beyond what currently is, it has to start I believe with a relationship.

        — Kevin Stuart



Kevin Stuart is a painter who lives and works in Chicago. He also runs a carl. For more information, please visit kevin-stuart.com.



between all saints day and halloween | Sixty Inches From Center - January 25, 2022



IZAH + JUNEER, in-corporated
A* Hiccup In Time
1224 W Loyola Ave, Chicago IL
October 29, 2021 - November 20,  2021

Dialogue + Shaking Saturday, November 20 // 6 PM
Hoyo Negro + emulsions tests Lorena Barrera Enciso screening on view from the street after dark, through November 20
Within the Circle sea michell workshop Saturday, November 6 // 3 PM
Internal / External Lion vs. Gorilla performance Sunday, November 14 // 1-5 PM



A* Hiccup In Time is a collaborative installation and performance between Izah Ransohoff and Juneer Kibria (IZAH + JUNEER, in-corporated) focusing on a site- and time-specific pivotal installation at Roman Susan.

This project is a collection of gestural and temporal responses by artists – friends, who are brought together to respond to each other and the space of Roman Susan. The project is not a traditional curation but instead an invitation to participate / experience the vulnerability we often feel during these times.

Given the current crisis of the coronavirus pandemic – time is like molasses flowing both fast and slow. For many of us we can not partake in certain rituals that helped us navigate situations and instances of time. Given the upheaval and the global tragedy that is on-going – time is moving fast.

When do we hear about the news of the tragedy – social media, at what instance? 
How do we say farewell to the departed? 
How do we comfort those who are far away?  



Relevance of the past, in what we ground our present and uncertainty of the future - real and relevant time has become molasses.

Interrupt it, regurgitate it, and come up with something new, a hiccup.  

This work is being shared at Roman Susan in alignment with The Available City as a partner program of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.


hiba ali
in the weeds
1224 W Loyola Ave, Chicago IL
October 15, 2021 - October 17, 2021

Hours Friday, Saturday, Sunday 6-9

in the weeds is about “mowing the lawn,” war and migration. “mowing the lawn” is an activity that is mandated by Home Owner’s Associations to keep outdoor spaces clean, tidy, and presentable – and it is also a military tactic that murders people, particularly used in Palestine. Linked through the control and manicuring of grass, both of these facets are explored as they are found in settler societies.



in the weeds is being shared at Roman Susan in alignment with The Available City as a partner program of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

hiba ali is a producer of moving images, sounds, garments and words. they reside in many time zones: chicago, toronto and eugene. born in karachi, pakistan, they belong to east african, south asian and arab diasporas. they are a practitioner and (re)learner of swahili, urdu, arabic and spanish languages. they work on two long term art and publication projects: an art-based phd project that examines womyn of colour’s labour, and architecture of surveillance as it exists within the monopoly of Amazon (corp.) and the black indian ocean project which features the music, cloth and ritual of african descent communities across the indian ocean region through music, cloth and ritual.

they are an assistant professor of new media artist/geminist discourse at the college of design in the art & technology program at the university of oregon, eugene, or. Currently, they are a phd candidate in cultural studies at queens university in kingston, ontario. Their work has been presented in chicago, stockholm, vienna, berlin, toronto, new york, istanbul, são paulo, detroit, windsor, dubai, austin, vancouver, and portland. they have written for the following magazines: “C”, the seen, newcity chicago, art chicago, art dubai, the state, medium’s zora, rtv, and topical cream. For more info, please visit hibaali.info.



references:

  • its has always been the americas and turtle island, the current name highlights empire.