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Extension or Communication: Puerto Rico

  • Taller Puertorriqueño 2600 North 5th Street Philadelphia, PA, 19133 United States (map)

Join us for a public reception for EXTENSION OR COMMUNICATION: PUERTO RICO, a multi-disciplinary collaborative project guided by artist/ organizers Sheldon Abba, Grimaldi Baez, Jessi Koch, José Ortiz-Pagán and Ricky Yanas. Working within pragmatic and critical pedagogical traditions the group seeks to engage artists and communities through inquiry and exchange producing artworks, research, new spaces, and other satellite efforts. Operating as an open form, E or C is ever changing, privileging process over product, investigation over data. With a growing list of contributors, the project focuses on the critical intersection of literacy, technology, aesthetics and civics bringing to light emancipatory forms being developed by engaged citizens.

From April 7th to May 5th, Yanas, Baez, and Abba will treat the Taller’s gallery as an active studio/lab, parsing and organizing the selections from the institution’s archives, working with the Youth Artist Program, and hosting discussions and workshops around the question of exchange with Puerto Rico. What can we give? What do we need? This open form will yield not only artworks, but strategies for collaboration. Working with contributors including community organizers Charíto Morales and Tania-María Ríos, and Poet Laureate Raquel Salas Rivera, the core group will offer a series of presentations highlighting pertinent ideas, necessary resources, and next steps (dates to follow). This exhibition continues and builds on their work from Extension or Communication’s first iteration at Tiger Strikes Asteroid Philadelphia which ran from January 11 to February 17, 2018.