(Dis)placed Public Forum #2

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Kinan Abou-Afach, 2013 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.

As part of its ongoing project (Dis)placed: Expressions of Identity in Transition, Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture presents its second public forum exploring stories of displacement. The event will include conversations with local immigrants about their journeys to Philadelphia, as compiled by writer Ann de Forest and photographer Dave Tavani, as well as performances by musician and Pew Fellow Kinan Abou-afach, and poets Nazem El Sayed, Fatemah Shams, and Ahmad Almallah.

This event is free and open to the public; advanced registration is required.

(Dis)placed: Expressions of Identity in Transition is an international collaboration among four artists of Arab heritage who will create new work grappling with notions of displacement. Collaborators include Syrian composer and Pew Fellow Kinan Abou-afach, Lebanese poet Nazem El Sayed, Syrian visual artist Buthayna Ali, and Tunisian visual artist eL Seed. Each artist will be in residence in Philadelphia and will hold public viewings and open rehearsals of works in progress, in an effort to foster close engagement between the artists and the local community.


Collaborators & Colleagues

Benjamin Filene is associate professor and director of public history at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and co-editor of Letting Go? Historical Authority in a User-Generated World.

Students, teachers, parents, administrators, and community members gathered at the closed Fairhill Elementary School on May 1, 2015 for the launch of Temple Contemporary’s Center-funded reFORM.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Christopher Eamon is an independent curator and authority on contemporary film and video art.

Grants & Grantees

MacArthur Fellow and visual artist Ann Hamilton, whose installations incorporate textiles and fabric, will create a major off-site installation and organize a loan exhibition of historical and contemporary fabrics.

Grants & Grantees

Cliveden of the National Trust is an 18th-century historic house and the site of the 1777 Battle of Germantown. A National Historic Landmark, Cliveden was the summer home of prominent colonial attorney Benjamin Chew.

Grants & Grantees

Stephen Berg (1934–2014) was a poet and a 1993 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

Mural Arts explored South Philadelphia’s immigrant history through interactive public art projects that included photography, installations, poetry, and dance.

Grants & Grantees

FringeArts presents, develops, and commissions a range of high-quality contemporary performing and visual arts in Philadelphia.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Catherine Wood is curator of international art and performance at Tate Modern.

Congolese choreographer Faustin Linyekula discusses why he is “constantly trying to find ways of being in dialogue with the city.”

WPCA cultivates interest and support for the arts in West Philadelphia by increasing the visibility of the community’s cultural resources.

Questions of Practice

Katharina Grosse’s epic psychylustro—a five-mile-long “painting” sprayed intermittently along a stretch of train tracks in northeast Philadelphia—challenges a number of assumptions about the role of both painting and public art. Here, urbanist Randy Mason offers his perspective.