Visages of the Underground: Reconstructions Move-In Performance
Continuing to create a web and network of respite and safe “houses” in relation to the PHLA locations across the city, Keir Johnston and Ernel Martinez of Amber Art & Design will carry two objects that are deeply connected to Philadelphia's history of seeking freedom within a militaristic and carceral city and state - a portrait of Ramona Afrika and a mirror from the interior of the meeting space of the Alumni Ex-Offenders Association (AEA) in Nicetown/Tioga. These objects will be carried from North Philadelphia to the Museum via the public SEPTA bus where the artists will be joined by AEA members to engage passengers with questions about the significance of Ramona Afrika to Philadelphia's history, healing from the MOVE, and what it means to engage oneself, and re-engage, with the ongoing traumas of this historical event.
Route: AEA → SEPTA bus → Perelman Building, Philadelphia Museum of Art
This performance is part of the Amber Art & Design series of Move-In performances, Visages of the Underground, taking place the week of August 14, 2017. At each site, Amber Arts will invite participants to join in the performance, allowing for organic movement and interaction throughout the travels. Each performance will have a designated starting location and end at the Perelman Building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art located at 2525 Pennsylvania Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130.