Amanda Cervantes & Jose Luis Benavides
Amanda Cervantes (b. 1994) is a queer multi-disciplinary artist. Her work primarily lies in constructing archives and stories through found objects, family photos and other cultural ephemera. Using, photography, video and first person accounts she questions cultural and societal patterns and expectations that manifest themselves within her own family. She recieved a BFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has done community outreach and education at both Gallery 400 and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Jose Luis Benavides is a visual artist, filmmaker and writer born-and-raised in Chicago. His work explores narratives of queer and LatinX institutionalization, community and resistance through an extensive research-based and archival practice. He has taught as a teaching artist in Chicago community art scene for over 10 years. He currently writes for New City and teaches for Community Arts Partnership in Education. He is a 2016 Luminarts Visual Arts Competition Finalist and his work has shown most recently at Nite Cap, The Nightingale, and Links Hall.