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The Water Tower, Making the Invisible Visible | Sept 21, 2023 – Feb 11, 2024

Biennial, Exhibition

@ Feda Wardak

Englewood Trail
Grow Greater Englewood
Chicago, IL, 5822 S Halsted St

September 21 - February 11, 2023

Feda Wardak’s artistic proposal as a contributor to the 5th Chicago Architecture Biennial, is to build a wooden water tower along the Englewood Trail. This new urban landmark, or lighthouse, is meant to make this former railroad visible from different parts of the city.

On Sept 21st, Feda Wardak, 2023 Villa Albertine resident, will unveil the first step of his open-construction site in partnership with Grow Greater Englewood, close to the Englewood Trail : a 3-art-pieces which, once assembled, will form the final scupture. In October, Feda Wardak will assemble the entire sculpture in a public performance. This will provide an ephemeral vision of this urban lighthouse, briefly making the invisible visible, while awaiting a more permanent installation of the sculpture.

Feda Wardak is a Franco-Afghan architect interested in the models of organization of communities that build themselves independently from public authorities. His research embodies a variety of artistic media (including fine art, landscape installation, choreography, film, literary editing, and performance).

Relying on on-site encounters to establish frameworks of trust with different communities, Feda Wardak designs collaborative devices around water as a vector of communality and architecture as a reservoir of possibility. By building in this Chicago neighborhood, he aims to create a place of critical exchange for the community that lives and works there.

In partnership with

Ateliers Médicis

Located in Clichy-sous-Bois and Montfermeil, in the Seine-Saint-Denis department, the Ateliers Médicis endeavors to promote new and diverse artistic voices. Its artistic residencies, open to artists working in any artistic field, support the creation of works conceived in collaboration with French territories and fosters encounters between artists and inhabitants.


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Grow Greater Englewood

Established in 2017, Grow Greater Englewood (GGE) works in partnership with community stakeholders to develop local food economies and land sovereignty which empower residents to thrive.

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Chicago Architecture Biennial

The Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) is dedicated to creating an international forum on architecture and urbanism. It produces year-round programs and a biennial exposition of city-wide activations for a diverse audience of designers, educators, advocates, and students. CAB’s mission is to engage and inspire professional and public audiences,  highlight the transformative power of architecture and envision a future for the field that is equitable and sustainable.


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