upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2018

upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2018

Haunting Voices: Open Mic and Salon at Twelve Gates Arts on November 19

Thursday, November 19, 2015 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
[ Twelve Gates Arts - 51 N 2nd Street ]


Twelve Gates Arts and Leeway Foundation present Haunting Voices, featuring performances by Jai Arun Ravine, Suzie Afridi, and Michelle Myers (LTA '14, ACG '11) & Catzie Vilayphonh (ACG '14, '10, LTA '10, WOO '02) of Yellow Rage. This open mic and salon celebrates the launch of Twelve Gates' newest exhibit, Ruins and Fabrications, which explores visual narratives of loss and futurity through the work of two women photographers, Gauri Gill and Annu Matthew. Journey through refashioned archives, while listening to stories told through comedy, spoken word and poetry. You too can tell your own story! Thursday, November 19 from 7:00-9:00pm.

About Twelve Gates Arts

Through a unique and thought-provoking atmosphere, Twelve Gates Arts aims to showcase international multidisciplinary arts bound by the sensibilities of a diasporic identity, especially the South Asian identity, and to create and promote projects in the community that cross geographic and cultural boundaries.

About Jai Arun Ravine

Jai Arun Ravine is writer, dancer and graphic designer currently based in Philadelphia. As a mixed race, mixed gender and mixed genre artist, their work arises from the simultaneity of text and body and takes the form of video, performance, comics and handmade books. Jai’s first full-length book, แล้ว AND THEN ENTWINE: LESSON PLANS, POEMS, KNOTS, re-imagines immigration history and attempts to transform cultural inheritances of silence. Their short film TOM/TRANS/THAI approaches the silence around female-to-male (FTM) transgender identity in the Thai context and has screened internationally. Their second book, THE ROMANCE OF SIAM, is forthcoming from Timeless, Infinite Light in 2016.

About Suzie Afridi

Suzie's comedy is a lot about world affairs from the perspective of a Palestinian mom raising an 8 year old Pakistinian, with her artist husband, living on the Upper West Side in Manhattan.
George Saltz, a great comedian, called her bits that are contextualized in everyday life situations: "thought provoking, intelligent and funny".

About Yellow Rage

Together, Michelle Myers  and Catzie Vilayphonh  are a dynamic duo of Philly-based Asian American spoken word poets. Through their voices, Catzie and Michelle hope to provide an awareness that is not often heard. Exploring topics from fetishes to cultural appropriation to ethnic pride, Yellow Rage challenges mainstream misconceptions of Asianness.




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