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The Visiting Artists Program resource guides contain upcoming speakers' biographies, articles, video and audio content, related publications in the Flaxman Library, and additional online resources. These guides may be used in the classroom in preparation for the event, research, or post-lecture discussion.

Barak adé Soleil Lecture: Thursday, March 31, 12:00–1:15 p.m. CT
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Join us live for a virtual program by artist Barak adé Soleil with an audience Q&A.


Brown-skinned large bodied black person with a beard, wearing black jeans, long-sleeved black jean shirt, gray baseball cap and clear glasses, seated in a manual silver and black wheelchair speaks into a microphone.For over three decades, Barak adé Soleil (he + they pronouns) has contributed to the contemporary arts scene across North and South America, Europe, and West Africa. An award-winning artist, curator, and facilitator, adé Soleil bridges the lived experience of being Black, queer, and multiply disabled with traditions from the African diaspora, access aesthetics, and postmodernism to create multilayered live art works and cultivate stimulating global conversations. adé Soleil is the founder of D UNDERBELLY, an interdisciplinary network of artists of color, and recipient of the prestigious Katherine Dunham Choreography Award given by New York’s AUDELCO for Excellence in Black Theatre. Other acknowledgements for adé Soleil’s creative work include a 3Arts Foundation Award (2016); 3Arts Robert Rauschenberg Residency Fellowship (2017); and Art Matters Foundation Award (2017 and 2020). Presentations include “from here to there” for the 2018 exhibition Chicago Disability Activism, Arts, and Design, 1970’s to Today at Gallery 400, University of Illinois Chicago and “a series of movements” for both the 2018 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, Toronto and VAE Raleigh’s Everyday Series at Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh, North Carolina. At 205 Hudson Street Gallery, New York, the work markings premiered as part of the 2019 group exhibition Refiguring The Future

Internationally, adé Soleil has served as inaugural faculty for the 2021 Wildseed Centre for Arts & Activism Fellowship in Tkaronto, developed creative communal work at Montréal Arts Interculturels, co-curated The TALK at the Prismatic Arts Festival in Ottawa, and currently serves as co-director of the Live Art Development Agency in London.

Presented in partnership with SAIC’s Wellness Center and Department of Performance. 

Portrait credit: Barak adé Soleil. Photo: Henry Chan

Image description: Brown-skinned large bodied black person with a beard, wearing black jeans, long-sleeved black jean shirt, gray baseball cap and clear glasses, seated in a manual silver and black wheelchair speaks into a microphone.


LADA Announces New Leadership    
Live Art Development Agency | July 16, 2021

Barak adé Soleil, A series of movements*
Karina Roman Justo | The Senses and Society, vol. 14 (1) | p.115-117 | January 2, 2019
*This is a library resource that requires ARTIC login


Live Art Development Agency (LADA)
Barak adé Soleil is Co-Director of Live Art Development Agency in London, UK.

Refiguring the Future at 205 Hudson Gallery
The 18 artists featured in Refiguring the Future (February 9 – March 31, 2019) deeply mine the historical and cultural roots of our time, pull apart the artifice of contemporary technology, and sift through the pieces to forge new visions of what could become.
Refiguring the Future Exhibition Brochure

we at 12th 7a*11d Festival
Barak adé Soleil presents we (October 28 – November 13, 2018), a gently kinetic performative work. 

turttle // ele’fant: a solo performance diptych at Hemispheric Institute
Barak adé Soleil presents new dance work created in response to current sociopolitical tensions manifesting within the corporeal and spiritual at Hemispheric Institute (2016). 

Barak adé Soleil, new & re-interpreted dances at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago
Barak adé Soleil presents new solo and duet works developed during a week-long residency at the MCA Chicago (2015).

2020 Art Matters Fellow

Visiting Artists Program Lecture Recordings from the Archive
SAIC Visiting Artists Program video and audio lecture recordings (1977–present.) Available with SAIC login credentials.

SAIC Digital Collections: Visiting Artists Program
SAIC Visiting Artists Program publicity archive and audio recordings (1977-98).