December 10, 2020

Alicia Díaz

Dancer and choreographer Alicia Díaz evokes both history and ritual in her work for Commonwealth, which centers on a performance filmed in Richmond at the former site of The American Tobacco Company (ATC) factory.
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December 10, 2020

A Pandemic Reckoning

In Puerto Rico, 2020 began with a jolt. The month of January brought the onset of an earthquake “swarm” that rattled the southern coast, bringing buildings, schools, and emotional nerves to the ground.
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December 8, 2020

The Promise of <br>Common Wealth

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  • English Español How does a Black-owned bank fulfill the true promise of a commonwealth? To explore this question, Philadelphia Contemporary, with the help of local writer Kalela Williams, sought to discover the history of the United Bank of Philadelphia. The rise and fall of water—that…
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    December 8, 2020

    Queering history in After School and Mandinga Times

    Rita Indiana’s new musical project presents an updated version of our narratives about history. The ​After School​ ​video emerges from the pandemic as a cover letter for her new album, Mandinga Times​. Thirteen minutes are enough to unleash the narrative demons of otherness.
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    December 8, 2020

    Firelei Báez

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  • English Español Installation image, Commonwealth at the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, 2020. In the image: (L) Firelei Báez, Moon minded the sun goes farther (to the Daughters of Revolutions, who could fly between the Artibonite and the James River),2020. (R) Monica…
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    December 8, 2020

    Nelson Rivera

    For Commonwealth, Nelson Rivera wrote a score for a performance that occurred periodically throughout the run of the exhibition at the ICA.
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    December 8, 2020

    “The pandemic is making it harder but it’s about living”: Mutual Aid in West Philadelphia’s Promise Zone

    On a brisk October morning Shante McLaughlin stood outside the former United Bank building at 37th and Lancaster in Philadelphia.
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