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Aaron Hughes

Chicago, IL

Aaron Hughes is an artist, curator, organizer, teacher, anti-war activist, and Iraq War veteran. He works collaboratively in diverse spaces and media to create meaning out of personal and collective trauma, deconstruct and transform systems of oppression, and seek liberation. Working through an interdisciplinary practice rooted in drawing and printmaking, Hughes develops projects that deconstruct militarism and related institutions of dehumanization. These projects often utilize popular research strategies, experiment with forms of direct democracy, and operate in solidarity with the people most impacted by structural violence. In addition to his work with Justseeds, Hughes works with a range of art and activist projects including About Face: Veterans Against the War (formerly Iraq Veterans Against the War), Warrior Writers, emerging Veteran Art Movement, and Prison + Neighborhood Arts/Education Project.

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Autonomous Democracy

Autonomous Democracy

November 16, 2020

I am excited to announce, Autonomous Democracy, a new project focused on exploring the history of experiments in direct democracy within freedom movements. Over the course of the next year,…

Where We Are Now

Where We Are Now

June 8, 2020

The PO BOX is a creative collective and intergenerational social practice center dedicated to building the Rogers Park community in Chicago through radical art making and programming. They “embrace a…

Eric J. Garcia on Drawing Anger

Eric J. Garcia on Drawing Anger

August 11, 2019

An interview with artist Eric J. Garcia about his new book Drawing On Anger: Portraits of U.S Hypocrisy and his celebrated exhibition The Bald Eagle’s Toupee at DePaul Art Museum….