How often does a community look at itself through the eyes of ‘the other’? Opening March 4th, Chicago-based artist Jefferson Pinder will create a site-specific and performance based installation exploring race and conditioning in the Midwest. Based on several months of research, Pinder will direct community members to comment on the divisions and complexities of race-relations in the region and across the nation illuminating lives and personal perspectives in the process. These multi-faceted portraits will form the heart of Jefferson Pinder: Ghost Light. Through the symbol of the “Ghost Light”, Pinder references the theatrical superstition in which the darkened stage is illuminated by a light, often a single electric bulb mounted to a stand, intended to ward off the theater’s ghosts. In the absence of a performance, the Ghost Light becomes representative of all of the lives and narratives that have inhabited that space.