Includes artist talks, poetry readings, dance & music performances, open mic, and more. Salon events are free to the public and operate with the purpose of bringing education, awareness, and entertainment to the Philadelphia community.
In this community-based creative writing workshop we will explore the many levels and styles of creative writing including poetry and creative nonfiction. We will be exploring themes of identity, family, movement/migration, myths/folklore, protest, love, and more. Additionally, we will be using the gallery space to unify storytelling and art by looking at the historical connections between visual and literary art. For more information please visit http://twelvegatesarts.org/cww
transform(art)ive: ART FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
A series of 1 to 7 days of art exhibitions or provoked expression in conjunction with talks panel & discussions on issues of social justice, engaging and inspiring the community into critical thinking and empathetic understanding of the world around us.
EXPERIMENTAL VIDEO ART FESTIVAL
Annual Contemporary Experimental Video Art Festival celebrating contemporary video art created by artists from or about the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, now in its 3rd year. Subjects and themes for the exhibit include queer, controversial, poetic, abstract, political, philosophical, uncensored - anything that stretches beyond conventional.
perform(art)ive: CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE ART FESTIVAL
A city-wide performance art biennial platform dedicated to the genre of performance art in Philadelphia serving and presenting works by contemporary performance artists referencing regions of the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Subjects and themes of perform(art)ive vary from one edition to another. The first edition held in 2015 included themes of queer, gender, women, oppression, equal rights, social justice, and censorship. of artists whose work will illuminate the South Asian-diasporic experience as well as the medium of performance art itself. The physical presence of the artists in the space and the effect that has on the viewer makes for an unforgettable and inspiring experience.
Become a part of the drama in Kayhan Irani's interactive storytelling workshop. Irani starts with stories from her childhood, then invites audience members in to examine what needs mending, to analyze the ties between personal and political struggles, and to try new methods of movement. As we learn from each other, we will move towards a radically inclusive vision of home.
The musical traditions of Asia survive, thrive and are transformed in the United States for a wide variety of reasons. This panel explores the journeys that Indonesian, South Indian and Chinese musics have taken when they entered the halls of academia, were employed as a part of youth identity formation, or became a site of memory and entertainment for seniors.
his program will consist of a brief introduction to US Imperialism in the Philippines, followed by a guided viewing of an independently made 1913 propaganda film that argued Filipinos were not fit for self governance. The film was produced at a time when the debate within the US Congress surrounding the Philippines status as a US Territory began to favor granting their independence. Led by Kate Pourshariati - film archivist, media cataloger, and cultural film series programmer for the Penn Museum.
Join us at 12Gates for a sequel of performances and readings to the exhibition Masterminding Our Ordered Rage*, featuring Visual Artist Amrisa Narinjan and performance artists and scholars Lisa Pradhan and Akande X. This Salon is dedicated to the history of Brown and Black relations in the Americas and finding ways forward. Pre-registered open mic slots are open to poets, dancers, orators, and story-tellers. Time limit for each performance will be 10 minutes.
Opening reception: Friday, June 22nd, 6 - 8:30 pm - featuring DJ Cardigan and Youth Poet Laureate of Philadelphia, Husnaa Hashim
Kushboo Kataria Gulati | Negine Jasmine Sekandari | Paradise Khanmalek | Niqabae