upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2019

upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2019

Leeway x Icebox Residency: Second Thursday Opening Teaser

Thursday, June 14, 2018 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
[ Icebox Project Space - Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American Street ]
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Video projections highlighting work from performing artists Marie Alarcón, Jennifer Turnbull, Naya, Petra Floyd and Wit López. 

Multimedia artist Marie Alarcón is the selected 2018 Leeway x Icebox artist-in-residence. Within this residency, they have curated exhibitions on diaspora, migration, and belonging, creating a space for fruitful public conversations on topics that affect all people of color in the United States. Organized around a performance by Marie as Papi Leon (a diasporic demigod, who uses incantations to call to the lost children of multiculturalism), in collaboration with multimedia performance group SWARM and new work by multidisciplinary artist Petra Floyd, the exhibit will ask questions about race, belonging, history and trauma using artifacts and artworks to activate the space. The series aims to explore the many processes that QTPOC artists use to work through diasporic experience. 

About the Artists

Marie Alarcón is a multimedia artist who's work combines documentary, performance, and sound design.They are inspired by liminality, hybridity and the way that media functions as collective memory with a focus on the silent historical relationships embedded in geography. She is also currently a collaborator with the performance collective SWARM.

Jennifer Turnbull is a Philly based multi-disciplinary performance and teaching artist. With training in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop and West African dance, Turnbull explores themes of resiliance, freedom taking and identity at the edges of the emotional spectrums. Turnbull currently collaborates within two mixed media & discipline performance-collectives: BARETEETH and SWARM. Projects include performances at the Institute of Contemporary Art  and the Southwest Roots Residency at Bartram’s Garden. Currently Turnbull is Co-Director of Spiral Q.

Naya (Ny-Ah) is a Jamaican performer and teaching artist who enjoys exploring moments that transcend resistance  and bask in liberation.

Petra Floyd is a first­-generation Liberian-­American multidisciplinary artist from Philadelphia. She uses drawing, sculpture, writing, printmaking, and performance to meditate on Blackness in the United States and other sites of the African diaspora, focusing on reinvention through inherited and appropriated material culture and performance.

Wit López is a disabled, gender non-conforming/nonbinary trans performer, visual artist, scholar, and independent curator of African American and Boricua descent.Their visual work and performance art uses their background in Anthropology and Africana Studies as a lens to examine, decolonize, and reconstruct aspects of their own identity. Through fiber, performance, and imagery, López explores hairiness, accessibility, queerness, gender identity, Blackness, and Latinidad, while also fully embracing absurdity and the macabre. Just kidding! Maybe... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

About the Leeway x Icebox Residency

Leeway Foundation and Icebox Project Space partnered to offer a three-week residency program to previous Leeway grantees of all disciplines. The artist-in-residence received a $1,500 stipend from Leeway to cover costs associated with supplies and documentation of the work.

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