ACRE alum Cameron Granger and curatorial fellow Rohan Ayinde are a part of a three-person show with Joshi Radin at Annas!


Let us again pretend that life is a solid substance, shaped like a globe, which we turn about in our fingers. Let us pretend that we can make out a plain and logical story, so that when one matter is dispatched - love for instance - we go on, in an orderly manner to the next.

- Virginia Woolf, The Waves, 142


Waves in motion are all in which the universe consists: radio waves, sea waves, gravitational waves... Against an image of the whole Earth, a black hole, the near-constant wave of sense-impressions, where are we? How are we? When does the individual particle get to jump from the multitude?

When the granules of life are placed against the immensity of the universe and the perpetual drum of time, like the forever beat of a sea wave crashing on the shore, the sociopolitical quandaries which make up human existence lose their weight and the events which build a life appear random. Let us again pretend that life is a solid substance.

We find in our lives that the past is not yet past, it ruptures continually into the present — black holes, unresolved and unfolding. The Past’s many people, objects and thoughts, they, like us, are [still] alive in hydrogen, in oxygen; in carbon, in phosphorous, and iron; in sodium and chlorine.1

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Cameron A. Granger

Cameron A. Granger came up in Cleveland, Ohio alongside his mother, Sandra, inheriting both a love of soul music, and a certain way of apologizing too much. A 2017 resident of the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, his work explores his place in, and role as a product of American history and its media. His most recent projects include “Ten Toes Down” at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, “Pearl” a body of collaborative works with his mother at Ctrl+Shft in Oakland, and “A library, for you” a traveling community library.

Rohan Ayinde

Rohan Ayinde is a Chicago based artist, writer and curator. A recent Masters graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago he is the recipient of the New Artist Society Scholarship and The MA Visual and Critical Studies Graduate Fellowship Award. His interdisciplinary work is centered around creating "otherwise" potentials (Ashon Crawley) and in so doing breaking down and simultaneously reconfiguring the ideological architectures that shape our daily and generational lives. Most often the landscapes he explores are rooted in questions about quantum physics, black radical aesthetics and architecture. Rohan is a 2020 Curatorial Fellow with ACRE and has work forthcoming in a publication by Green Lantern Press.

Joshi Radin

Joshi Radin is an artist and writer living in Chicago. She generates and examines practices of valuation and questions investigating nature, cosmology and expanded landscape using video, print media, photography, writing and performance. Drawing on childhood experiences living within an experimental, utopian back to the land community, Radin traces historical and genealogical roots of utopianism and nature through imagery and processes as spaces of knowledge production. Current work focuses on examining nodes of intersection with contemporary ecological, scientific and anthropological approaches to narrating the global imaginary. Her work was published in the anthology Why Look At Plants? The Botanical Emergence in Contemporary Art (2018), ed. by Giovanni Aloi; recently she is the recipient of a 2019 community education grant from the Illinois Power Agency and will be a September fellow at the Vermont Studio Center. She is a merit scholar graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s MFA in Photography (2016) and MA in Visual and Critical Studies (2018) programs.


Annas is a generative and reflective space for young makers.

Founded in 2018, co-directors Alden Burke and Stephanie Koch curate residential cohorts based on which individuals they believe would productively benefit from one another’s knowledges.

Structured to be two separate cohorts throughout the year, one in spring and one in fall, each residency at Annas spans three months and culminates in a collaborative project, each with a different form of production and dissemination best fitted for the makers.

Annas also hosts collaborative projects led by individual makers and partners with other art-centered institutions to build a stronger, broader network of engagement by and for its participating members.

In-kind donations provided by Lawyers for the Creative Arts and Solemn Oath Brewery.

Opening Reception:

629 W Cermak Rd
Suite 240
Chicago , IL 60616

Wheelchair Accessible

Gallery Hours:

Sunday, August 18th, 12:00 - 3:00 PM

Sundays, August 25th - September 15th, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM