Joelle Mercedes and Amina Ross
1224 W Loyola Ave, Chicago IL
September 3, 2020 - September 6, 2020

To mark the occasion of Artists Run Chicago 2.0 at the Hyde Park Art Center, Roman Susan is grateful to revisit Delight by Joelle Mercedes and Amina Ross. This work was first shared at Roman Susan as a part of the exhibition twinskin in November 2016. Delight is a single channel video of 5 minutes and 59 seconds duration, with camerawork by Ladan Osman. Delight will be on view from the street in a 24/7 loop at 5020 S Cornell Ave in Hyde Park from September 1 to November 1, 2020 and projected after dark at 1224 W Loyola Ave during the evenings of September 3 to September 6, 2020.

twinskin – a collaborative project by Joelle Mercedes and Amina Ross – has performed across Chicago and the internet, making magic in DIY punk spaces, dance studios, and gay nightclubs. Work from twinskin will be a part of Foundation, a new community-hosted art collection featuring artists from each year of Roman Susan programming from 2012 to present.

Joelle Mercedes is an artist and educator who amalgamates text, time-based media and objects to speculate on partial, unstable, and contested histories. Joelle has presented work nationally and internationally at venues including: TrueQué Residencia Artística (Ayampe, Ecuador), Links Hall, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Threewalls, Sullivan Galleries (Chicago), Lynden Sculpture Garden (Milwaukee) and California Institute of the Arts (Valencia, CA). Joelle participated in Strange Attractors, a book project curated by Nomaduma Rosa Masilela for the 10th Berlin Biennale: We Don't Need Another Hero

Amina Ross creates boundary-crossing works that embrace embodiment, imaging technologies, intimacy and collectivity in physical and digital spaces. Amina has exhibited work, spoken on panels, and taught workshops at venues throughout the United States and abroad. Amina founded and co-organized ECLIPSING, a multi-media festival celebrating darkness, the participatory performance series Beauty Breaks, and the venue F4F. Amina was a 2018-2019 Artist-in-Residence at Arts & Public Life and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago. Ross is currently an MFA candidate at Yale School of Art within the sculpture department.