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Poetry Foundation Chicago
Fashion Outlets of Chicago
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

At Poetry Foundation Chicago / Collaboration with poet Khaty Xiong

At Fashion Outlets of Chicago / Curated by Johalla Projects

At Luis De Jesus Los Angeles / Photo credit: Austin Radcliffe

Soto presented a sculptural excerpt from her ongoing project OPEN 24 HOURS, a socially-engaged work that incorporates the collection of discarded liquor bottles during the artist's daily walks through East Garfield Park, a historically Black and neglected neighborhood in Chicago. Cleaned and label-free, the bottles are presented as an archive of the community's consumption (and the fascinating history of cognac within the African American community), using a display form inspired by Puerto Rican vernacular architecture that combines decoration, comfort and security.