A Slightly Softer City was conceived in the city of Kuopio, Finland for the ANTI Festival. ANTI, in Finnish, translates to “offering” or “gift”. For this project, clothing was crafted to zip on and off soft shapes for various sites around the city. The cushions were left in specific places around town, making a small, soft spot on otherwise hard surfaces. The shapes were picked up and dropped off using designed garments over several days during the festival.


Sarah Ross is an artist who works in sculpture, video and photo. Her projects use narrative and the body to address spatial concerns as they relate to access, class, anxiety and activism. Sarah also works collaboratively with other artists on projects such as Compass (of the MRCC) and Regional Relationships. She has co-curated exhibitions at SPACES Gallery, Cleveland, Sea and Space Explorations, Los Angeles, and PS122, New York. She teaches at The School of the Art Institute Chicago and a Illinois state prison, and works with local initiatives to provide education and literature to people in Illinois state prisons. Sarah is the recipient of grants from the Graham Foundation, University of California Institute for Research in the Arts and the Illinois Art Council. Some of her work has been exhibited in venues such as the Armory, Pasadena, CA; Gallery 727, Los Angeles; PS122, New York; Roots and Culture Gallery, Chicago; Pinkard Gallery, Baltimore; META Cultural Foundation, Romania and the Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal.