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Been Here Opening Reception

  • Bartram's Gardens 54th Street and Lindbergh Blvd. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19143 (map)
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Been Here is a multi-channel installation that showcases Bartram Garden’s neighbors and friends as they perform everyday acts of art and movement. The triptych Been Here, originally inspired by Chris Ofili’s The Blue Riders, features night time footage filmed in slow motion at Bartram’s Garden. Been Here highlights the creative power that has long existed in these communities. Accompanying the triptych is the experimental documentary Witness, a contemplative collage of audio interviews and daylight activities that explore relationships between place and self. Been Here features poetry by Sophia Poe, rhyme by Nyfease Sims, and the drumline Second To None. 

Been Here, directed by Marie Alarcon, is a cornerstone project for the eight-month Southwest Roots Residency at Bartram’s Garden by the BARETEETH collective in collaboration with Alarcon and multimedia artist Ash Richards. Read more about BARETEETH here.

Sept 29th 6-9pm – Opening reception

Sept 30th 2-6pm – Open gallery hours with the artists

Oct 1st 2-6pm – Open gallery hours with the artists

All events are free and everyone is welcome.

This project is part of Southwest Roots, a partnership between Mural Arts and Bartram’s Garden funded by ArtPlace America.

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BARETEETH (BT) is an experimental dance collective that collaborates with artists from other disciplines to create time based work and performances. Our current formation for the Southwest Roots Artist Catalyst residency includes BT dancers Althea Baird, Jennifer Turnbull, Darlene DeVore, and Lily Hughes, mixed media artist Ash Richards, and film and sound artist Marie Alarcon.
Our work intersects along the theme of memory, both place-based and speculative. We look for the dance under the surface of the body, under the surface of the space, and trace its echo. We are interested in the entanglement of personal and collective histories, bearing witness to the impact of violence and, making a space for healing as a never-ending journey. Our work also explores the making of kin, the human and interspecies moments of care and intimacy that prefigure a world under or beyond racial capitalism and patriarchy.

Earlier Event: September 29
Opening: Tyree Guyton Monument Lab Gallery
Later Event: September 30
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