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Shawn Theodore Installs for #RevolutionaryArt on Elfreth’s Alley

May 24, 2017

Artwork by: Shawn Theodore
Title of Artwork: A Reminder
Location: Elfreth’s Alley

Artist Statement:
A revolution is only called such a thing when it succeeds in creating unequivocal, unilateral, systemic societal change. Revolutions are meant to bring about a positive change for all.

For those of us in this nation with ancestors who persevered under the tyranny of slavery before and after colonial independence, that change, that revolution, has yet to arrive.

With whistle stops along the way toward its destination, revolution is like a train. We may have missed one, but we know another one is coming. We hear its faint grind of wheel to track from over the horizon. Our minds paint a picture of its arrival, our eyes yearn for the vision of the final stop.

Work by Shawn Theodore is available for purchase here – support local artists, y’all!

Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition is a six-week exhibit of 13 contemporary Philly-based artists installed at 13 locations across Philadelphia’s Historic District. Exploring the spirit of revolution, the artists chosen for #RevolutionaryArt are looking at the world around us with a critical eye and creating works of art that challenge the political and social status quo. Commissioned by Visit Philly and curated by’s Conrad Benner, more on the exhibition – including a map of all the installations – can be found here!

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