Existing Representations

Here, on this draft website, are some of the representations I’ll be looking at. These murals grew out of graffiti, out of a longstanding desire to be heard and be expressed. They show what’s important to the artists and the constituents who clamor for certain people and situations to be represented. Personal expression painted directly onto the organic canvas of the city – this is the heartbeat of Philadelphia. The murals provide a forum to express pride and grief, to find community and to air loneliness in the most public way. It’s a way to connect with those who feel worlds apart. It’s accessible to all. It’s an ongoing, mutating conversation and reveals the true soul of Philadelphia. I’m looking to organize, connect, and interpret them in a way that translates this raw emotion and shows the communal spirit of Philadelphia.

~ by Katherine Riga on October 22, 2015.

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