Radio Silence

Mural Arts Philadelphia

2015
$300,000

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Radio Silence, by Michael Rakowitz and Mural Arts Philadelphia. Photo by Steve Weinik, courtesy of Mural Arts Philadelphia.

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Radio Silence, by Michael Rakowitz and Mural Arts Philadelphia. Photo by Steve Weinik, courtesy of Mural Arts Philadelphia.

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Radio Silence, by Michael Rakowitz and Mural Arts Philadelphia. Photo by Steve Weinik, courtesy of Mural Arts Philadelphia.

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Radio Silence, by Michael Rakowitz and Mural Arts Philadelphia. Photo by Steve Weinik, courtesy of Mural Arts Philadelphia.

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Radio Silence, by Michael Rakowitz and Mural Arts Philadelphia. Photo by Steve Weinik, courtesy of Mural Arts Philadelphia.

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Michael Rakowitz, Enemy Kitchen, 2003-Present. Cooking workshop and ongoing public performance. Most recently commissioned by Smart Museum of Art for Feast exhibition. Courtesy of the artist.

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Michael Rakowitz, Enemy Kitchen, 2003-Present. Cooking workshop and ongoing public performance. Most recently commissioned by Smart Museum of Art for Feast exhibition, 2012. Courtesy of the artist.

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Michael Rakowitz, The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist, 2007. Installation of drawings, cardboard and newspaper sculptures, museum labels, sound. Featured at the Sharjah Biennial (2007), Istanbul Biennial (2007), Bard College, Hessel Art Museum (2008), Modern Art Oxford (2009), Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art (2013), Smart Museum of Art, and University of Chicago (2014). Courtesy of the artist.

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Michael Rakowitz, The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist, 2007. Installation of drawings, cardboard and newspaper sculptures, museum labels, sound. Featured at the Sharjah Biennial (2007), Istanbul Biennial (2007), Bard College, Hessel Art Museum (2008), Modern Art Oxford (2009), Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art (2013), Smart Museum of Art, and University of Chicago (2014). Courtesy of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.

Philadelphia Mural Arts Program will present a participatory performance and radio project by internationally recognized artist Michael Rakowitz, involving American veterans from the Iraq War and the Iraqi refugee community. Inspired by famed Iraqi broadcaster Bahjat Abdulwahed, who lived in Philadelphia as a refugee until his death last year, the project brings together recordings of Abdulwahed with other local Iraqi refugees and Iraq War veterans working with local non-profit Warrior Writers. The performance on Independence Mall will feature Rakowitz as the host along with performances and storytelling by members of the Iraqi refugee community, and a “house band” ensemble of musicians in the Arab tradition led by Pew Fellow Hanna Khoury. The stage will be designed by Philadelphia-based, Iraqi-born architect and painter Mayaddah Alhumssi. The 10-episode radio program and podcast will begin in August 2017 on WPPM PhillyCAM Radio 106.5 FM and community radio stations across the country in partnership with Prometheus Radio Project, and will be distributed nationwide through Public Radio Exchange. The weekly episodes will combine recorded elements from the live performance with studio and field recordings, accompanied by original poetry and songs by members of Warrior Writers, offering audiences an opportunity to engage with an intimate, multifaceted portrait of Iraq.


Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.