Mercurial Lake

Mercurial Lake

Opening: September 08, 2023 – 6-9pm
Exhibition Run:
September 08, 2023 – November 03, 2023  
Venue: Uri-Eichen Gallery, 2101 S. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60608

Poetry/Screening Event: September 16, 2023 – 6-7:30pm 
Exhibition Walkthrough:
October 13, 2023 – 6-7pm

Join us for the exhibition opening of Mercurial Lake on September 08, 2023, 6-9pm at Uri-Eichen Gallery. 

Insidiously tethered to neoliberalism, Mercurial Lake proposes the oscillation between care systems and toxic relationships. This exhibition, lake-like, features artists whose works volatilizes hot out of architectural tectonics, site construction, and power consciousness.

Opening Reception Program September 8th at 7pm: The Coup, its Aftermath, and Solidarity with Ruth Needleman, Mario Pino, Margaret Power, and Mario Venegas.

Fifty years ago the United States helped install one of history’s most violent and repressive dictatorships in Chile under Gen. Augusto Pinochet. The program for the opening on September 8th is a commemoration. Mario Vanegas, then a student leader, will describe that day, September 11, 1973, in Santiago, Chile’s capital. Margaret Power, long-time activist, will highlight the achievements of the solidarity movements that helped to bring down that dictatorship. Mario Pino, born after the coup, will share the experiences of those who struggle to this day to survive the continued oppression. What can we do today? We will discuss on-going solidarity initiatives.

We will have a poetry/screening event with acclaimed poet Daniel Borzutzky on September 16, 6-7:30pm. Exhibition walkthrough on Friday the 13th of October.

Featured Artists:
Alberto Ortega Trejo
ebere agwuncha
Roland Knowlden
Fabrizzio Subia
Lydia Cheshewalla
Jose Luis Benavides
Paige Taul
Teresita Carson
Daniel Borzutzky

This exhibition project is prompted by Uri-Eichen Gallery’s 6-month special event series called People Power, which focuses on the 50th anniversary of the 1973 Chilean coup. This series brings exhibitions, programs, and talks about the history of U.S destabilization efforts to Chilean democracy, the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship, and the Arpilleras art movements. Chuqumarca was invited to respond to this series with artists that can speak to the effects of neoliberalism.

Exhibition is viewable by appointment only. Please reach out to Uri-Eichen Gallery at to schedule an appointment.

Accessibility Note: The gallery is not wheelchair accessible. Entrance has 3 steps to access the exhibition platform and ramps are not available. We will be more than happy to manually assist, please reach out if needed.