Spiro will be in residency in 2024 to produce work commissioned for her 2025 solo exhibition at the Art Center.
Yasmin Spiro was born and grew up in Kingston, Jamaica and currently lives and works in Chicago. Spiro’s work is multi-disciplinary, primarily based in sculpture and immersive installations, with video, drawing and performance – exploring issues of cultural identity and socio-economic issues within the framework of urban development and social politics – often through the lens of Caribbean culture.
Spiro’s work explores concepts related to architecture and urbanism, socio-economics, futuristic cities, and craft and culture. Research is often layered with personal narratives connected to both the landscape and culture of Jamaica. Spiro’s body of work explores materiality, and is often textile based, and also utilizes wood, rope, and cast materials – plaster, ceramic, and cement. Creating architectural elements that reference futurism and femininity in our built environments, her studio practice pulls in various aspects of personal and cultural history to build stories within the work – layered with conceptual research, and material experimentation.
Spiro’s work has been shown at galleries internationally, recently at the Arts Club of Chicago. Her work has been covered in Art News, Interior Design, NewCity, Washington Times, Miami Herald and others. She attended Pratt Institute and has held residencies at the Dora Maar Foundation, The Kohler Arts and Industry residency, Vermont Studio Center, and the Chicago Artist Coalition.