Me, Chicago

CityX - Me, Chicago

Art Project 2021

The participative CityX art project, which has now passed through 12 cities around the world – in Europe, Asia Minor, Africa and South & Central America –, made its North American debut in Chicago. Due to the pandemic-related travel restrictions, Doris Graf was unable to fly to the USA, resulting in CityX – Me, Chicago – being held as a ‘hybrid’ event for the very first time.

The aim was to work with the city’s residents (children, adolescents and adults) to create a cityscape of pictographic images. Organised digital or analogue campaigns called on the population to draw a picture that reflected their view of the city. All the scanned drawings were sent to the artist digitally, and she then sorted them by theme and motif to produce a cityscape of 16 pictographic images.

The project was supported by ‘Wunderbar Together USA’, a comprehensive, collaborative initiative financed by the German Federal Foreign Office and implemented by the Goethe Institute. Various drawing activities were organised and run across Chicago thanks to the dedicated on-site involvement of artist Prof Adelheid Mers, her assistant Scott Ashley O’Brien and local partners.

Drawing Performance, Chicago Bridgeport Art Center, 2021
Drawing Performance, Chicago Evanston Art Center, 2021

Drawings, CityX - Me, Chicago, 2021


Drawings “Me, Chicago”


Piktogramm "Danger Zone"
Danger Zone
Piktogramm "The Skyline"
The Skyline
Piktogramm "Lake Michigan"
Lake Michigan
Piktogramm "Coolness"
Piktogramm "Navy Pear"
Navy Pear
Piktogramm "The Bean"
The Bean
Piktogramm "On the Beach"
On the Beach
Piktogramm "So much Food to Explore"
So much Food to Explore
Piktogramm "Museums"
Piktogramm "Famous Architecture"
Famous Architecture
Piktogramm "Traffic"
Piktogramm "#Black Lives Matter"
#Black Lives Matter
Piktogramm "Sporty City"
Sporty City
Piktogramm "Happy Free Spaces"
Happy Free Spaces
Piktogramm "My House My Family"
My House My Family
Piktogramm "The Green Day"
The Green Day