Defibrillator Gallery needs your help. We’re gearing up for our fall season and your support is important. We can’t do it without you!

Donations go toward:

  • Artist fees
  • Housing and meals for visiting artists.
  • Production expenses and artist materials.
  • Operational costs like insurance, accounting, and publicity.

Last February Defibrillator relocated to the Bridgeport neighborhood to become part of the The Zhou B Art Center and we couldn’t be happier! In the past we requested donations at the door for our events, but now, with significantly reduced overhead, we endeavor for all our exhibitions and events to be FREE and accessible to everyone! We need your support in order to make it possible.

This fall we’re excited to present amazing artists including Karen Finley [in collaboration with Queer, Ill & OK], Linda Montano, Erica Mott Productions [Elemental], Eunjin Choi, Social Muscle Club [in collaboration with Goethe-Institut Chicago and SAIC Department of Performance], and the DFBRL8R Apprentice Showcase. Even more artists and events are in the works!
Defibrillator Gallery [a.k.a. DFBRL8R] is an international platform for Performance Art. Contextualizing performance in the realm of visual art, DFBRL8R embraces those who look to the body in concert and conversation with time, space, object, nature, architecture, or society. Bold and courageous programming aims to provoke thought and stimulate discourse surrounding underrepresented voices and time-based practices. Working with both established and emerging artists, DFBRL8R is dedicated to fostering local makers while invigorating Chicago with artists of exceptional calibre from around the world. Actively contributing to a global dialog surrounding conceptual, ephemeral, or enigmatic forms of expression, DFBRL8R aims to raise awareness, appreciation, and respect for the discipline of Performance Art.
The Zhou B Art Center is a private non-government funded complex that facilitates the exchange of contemporary art between Chicago and the international art community. Founded in 2004 by the Zhou Brothers in Chicago’s vibrant Bridgeport neighborhood, The Center has a mission to engage in cultural dialogue through contemporary art exhibitions and international programming.
Defibrillator is is a section 501(c)3 nonprofit and your gift may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes. If you don’t feel comfortable giving online, please mail a check made out to DFBRL8R LTD

Defibrillator Gallery
Zhou B Art Center
1029 W 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60609

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