Philadelphia, PA (September 26, 2022) — Moore College of Art & Design (Moore) will present its newest exhibition, Places of Freedom and Containment, in The Galleries at Moore, from October 1 to December 3, with a special opening reception on Friday, September 30 from 5–7 pm. Organized by Brooklyn-based independent curator Charlotta Kotik, the exhibition brings together the work of four female artists who explore the relationships to various locations, often places of origin, and the formal and psychological impact of such places on their creative work.
Places of Freedom and Containment is the third iteration of Moore's Visiting Curators Initiative, which highlights the artistic talents of curators from outside the Philly region and brings their vision to The Galleries at Moore, a hub for contemporary art and creative exploration in the heart of Philadelphia. For this exhibition, Kotik’s work focuses on a multicultural approach that explores how architectural and domestic spaces are conceived, modified and inhabited, based on a woman’s role as provider in various societal structures. Each artist in the show uses a unique perspective to illuminate the intricacies of urban design and its impact on society’s functionality, as well as cross-cultural gender roles and how they can be employed to create enriching environments.
- Sara Jimenez, a Filipinx-Canadian multidisciplinary artist who explores transcultural memories and creates work that addresses existing global narratives around concepts of origins and home, loss and absence.
- Rehab El Sadek, an Egyptian-born artist of Sudanese ancestry who works at the intersection of conceptual art, architecture and language. Her work explores themes of identity, displacement, immigration and belonging.
- Shervone Neckles, an interdisciplinary artist of Afro-Caribbean origin who integrates themes of identity and immigration into her work. She also explores many of the Caribbean arts and crafts traditions in her practice.
- Kara Rooney, an American multidisciplinary artist living in Mexico City, who uses painting and weaving to document the disappearance of sections of historical neighborhoods in order to preserve collective memory and to pay “an homage to architectural spaces that house our sense of cultural and personal identity.”
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