COLLABORATIONS > Theaster Gates & Soul Manufacturing Corportaion

Soul Manufacturing Corporation (2012-) was initiated by Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates. It is an on-going project in which notions of labor, craft, exhibition mechanism, and the Black Condition are examined and reinvented through performances, collective “thing-making,” and community participation.

Soul Manufacturing Corporation is an ever-evolving corporation that values makers, designers, and skills. It produces actual, beautiful objects, functional or nonfunctional, and seeks to find meanings through the production of things.

It sees the imaginations of its creative team as the driving force of intelligible design and, through partnering with artists, designers, and small businesses locally as well as globally, reflects on the distribution mechanism of the existing design industry.

For more information, please reference the artist & exhibition websites:

Theaster Gates + SMC
Fabric Workshop and Museum
Locust Projects