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Preview: Klip Collective’s One-Night-Only Immersive Monument to Philly Immigrates in South Philly

October 27, 2017

This Saturday, October 28 from 7-10pm, Philadelphia-based experiential art shop, Klip Collective, will host a one-night-only projection monument to generations of Philadelphia immigrants at Marconi Plaza in South Philadelphia (right here to be precise.) This installation is one of 20 artist-created “prototype monuments” apart of Monument Lab, a citywide public art and history exhibition that’s asking, What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia? (Full disclosure: As I’ve announced in September, I am on the Monument Lab Curatorial Team.)

Klip Collective’s prototype monument for Monument Lab, titled Passage :: Migration, is led by video and light artist Ricardo Rivera. The installation will project the surnames of generations of South Philadelphia’s immigrants onto translucent planes of fabric and smoke. An immersive monument, the installation encourages the viewer to pass through the projection to be surrounded by the names of families that came to Philadelphia through the years.

As Ricardo writes in his Artist Statement: “We are all immigrants. A city of immigrants. Waves of people. Taking flight with hopes and fears.”

See other Monument Lab prototype monuments around Philadelphia right now Tyree Guyton in Kensington, RAIR (Recycled Artist in Residency) in Fishtown, and Hank Willis Thomas in Center City… See a full list here!

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