Opening Reception for SPACES International Artist in Residence Exhibition

9 Dec 2016
6pm - 10pm
The Village of Arts and Humanities, 2519 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia

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Community collaborators working on Olanre Tejuoso’s Material Memory. Photo by Breanne Furlong.

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Community collaborator working on Olanre Tejuoso’s Material Memory. Photo by Breanne Furlong.

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Community collaborators working on Olanre Tejuoso’s Material Memory. Photo by Breanne Furlong.

The Village of Arts and Humanities (the Village) holds an opening reception for its SPACES International Artist in Residence exhibition. The culmination the nine-month SPACES International Artist Residency Initiative, the exhibition features installations by West African social practice artists Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh and Olanre Tejuoso.

Tejuoso's Material Memory is a large-scale sculptural installation that blends art and community organizing, created in collaboration with the local community. In preparing for the installation, Tejuoso convened neighbors and community members to participate in "sewing circles," during which they shared personal memories of loss in an effort to identify "sites of peace."

Ohene-Ayeh collaborated with local artists to document North Philadelphia's unique creativity through a series of open mics, artist talks, and studio sessions. The artist's culminating work, Relational Strategies, is an immersive in-studio installation that invites audiences to experience ephemeral moments that occurred during the residency.