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Clay Prayer by Michael Delgado

 

Michael Delgado is a Philadelphia based artist working in video and performance. 

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10 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Arab! by Sarah Trad

 

10 Celebrities is a cute dumb short video that explores racial construction and perception in American pop culture. Aesthetically inspired by GIF and meme content on Instagram and TikTok, the video looks at an online article that exposes different celebrities that are racially Arabic. The video shows Arab celebs like Salma Hayek and Shakira who, respectively, portray SWANA (South West Asian / North African) people in acting roles and perform ululation at SuperBowl half-time shows. Zoe Saldana, who also proudly promotes her heritage, is included because of the profound power she holds as a role model to Black Arabs, who are often erased from the Arab community. Ariana Grande is included for how her racial identity has fluctuated over the past decade from Italian to "Mixed", after taking a DNA test that said she was also Greek and North African. Although the DNA test probably reflects the hundreds of years of migration between Mediterranean Europe and Northern Africa, the DNA test affected Grande’s aesthetic, which some identify as “blackfishing.” Although some of these celebrities do not overtly identity as Arab, they expand perceptions of what Arabs can look like as well as raise questions of racial appropriation and authenticity.

Sarah Trad (she/her) is an artist and curator whose work explores the juxtaposition between subjective and objective emotionality, navigating daily life with mental illness, the individual’s relationship to pop culture, and decolonizing Western understandings of the SWANA (Southwest Asian Northern African) community and Arab Americans. The living embodiment of the correlation between chronic depression and binge-watching practices, her video work appropriates and manipulates "profound but overlooked" moments from movies, music videos, and the internet. After graduating with a B.F.A. in Art Film from Syracuse University, Sarah continued to stay in Syracuse and make several works as a recipient of Syracuse University’s Engagement Fellowship. Sarah also worked as a Curatorial Associate at The Warehouse Gallery and Community Folk Art Center in Syracuse, NY. She has worked under Helen Molesworth at the ICA/Boston, researching how to preserve new media art in the museum’s newly created Private Collection. Sarah is a former member of the artist run Philadelphia gallery, Little Berlin, where she has initiated curatorial exchanges with other artist run collectives in New Orleans and Ottawa. Sarah is the recipient of the Rutland Vermont Art Center 77Art Artist Residency, the Plyspace Residency Fellowship awarded by the Muncie Council for Arts and Culture, and Carol N. Schmuckler Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film. Her work has been shown at the Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse, NY), Rendezvous with Madness Festival (Toronto, ON), Big Muddy Film Festival (Carbondale, IL), Strangelove Time-based Media Festival (Folkestone, England), Woman Made Gallery (Chicago, IL) and the Internationales Festival Zeichen der Nacht (Berlin, Germany). She lives and works in Philadelphia, PA with her German Shepherd, Vulcan. 

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the (space) in between by Sarah Lutzky

 

Sarah Lutzky grew up dancing in Los Angeles, CA. She received the majority of her training from Degas Dance Studio in Encino, CA, where she trained under the artistic direction of Anacia Weiskittel. There, she had the pleasure of receiving dance training in classical ballet, contemporary, modern, jazz, jazz funk, lyrical, musical theatre, and hip hop. She furthered her training at pre-professional summer intensives around the country including BodyTraffic, Northwest Dance Project, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Alvin Ailey. Sarah recently graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in dance, studying under Jeremy Nelson, Betsy Choker, Giada Ferrone, Pamela Pietro, Jolinda Menendez, Cherylyn Lavagnino, Jim Martin, Sean Curran, and Rashaun Mitchell. At NYU, she worked with a variety of New York City based artists such as Dianne Madden, Sidra Bell, Netta Yerushalmy, David Dorfman, MK Abadoo, Oliver Steele, Kendra Portier, Christina Robson, Nigel Campbell, Jasmine Hearn and Helen Simoneau as well as artists from around the world such as Danielle Agami, Davide Di Pretoro, Judith Sanchez-Ruìz, Meg Stuart, and Sergei Matis. She is now working as an independent artist.

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Webs and Whispers by Kelli Frances Corrado

"I crafted this song between heaven and earth. The flight path where intuition and courage lie. A prayer ritual to ground me from the webs and whispers of misinformation, media-over saturation and kaos."

Kelli Frances Corrado is a singer, songwriter, wanderer and witch. She is a quilt of memories and mysticism. Growing up in Chicago, she would sneak out during school nights to see hip hop shows and spend weekends learning prayer rituals taught by a Romani Czech grandmother. This set a unique musical foundation. Leading her to pursue opera training, string arranger, beat making and classical poetry. Giving voice to her spiritual beliefs. She has lived many lives before putting her heart in song: social worker, student, tap dancer, teacher, wanderer. Living in the Black Forest, London and by the sea. These patches of experience bring together a musical broth of magical realism and urban life ripe of lucid dreams and superstition.

You Are Here virtual performance by France Ricapito