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Who Is Art?

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Who Is Art?
An introduction to the WMM with Zanele Muholi

Thursday, May 24th, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Reception after Panel: 8:30 - 9:30 PM

Moderator: Dejáy Duckett
Panelists: Zanele Muholi, Davelle Barnes, Afaq Mahmoud and Andrea Walls

Join us for our first public event with the Women's Mobile Museum (WMM)! This panel will introduce the WMM, a social engagement project that partners PPAC with acclaimed South African photographer Zanele Muholi and 10 Philadelphia women selected for a year-long media arts apprenticeship. Dejáy B. Duckett, Director of the Curatorial Department at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, will moderate a discussion focused on representation in the arts.

Dejáy B. Duckett is currently the Director of the Curatorial Department at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Prior to AAMP, she joined Arthur Ross Gallery of the University of Pennsylvania as the Gallery Coordinator in 2001, and was promoted to Associate Director in 2005 and then to Associate Curator from 2009 to 2017. While at ARG, Duckett curated exhibitions including, Darkwater Revival: After Terry Adkins (2016), Henrique Oliveira: Adenocalcinoma Poliresidual (2014); In Material (2012); Jacob Lawrence and the Urban Experience (2010).

Zanele Muholi is a visual activist/ photographer born in Umlazi, Durban, and lives in Johannesburg. Muholi Co-founded the Forum for Empowerment of Women (FEW) in 2002, and in 2009 founded Inkanyiso (, a forum for queer and visual (activist) media. Muholi’s self-proclaimed mission is ‘to re-write a black queer and trans visual history of South Africa for the world to know of our resistance and existence at the height of hate crimes in SA and beyond’.

Davelle Barnes is black, queer and fearless. a meme curator, a film ethnographer, a social poet and a dapper rapper. The multidisciplinary teaching artist is a meme curator, a film ethnographer, a social poet and a dapper rapper. Drawing from her intersecting identities and lived experience, the former Army Sergeant is quickly becoming a veteran media maker. Race, class, gender inequality, homophobia and war are reoccurring themes of her work.

Afaq (Fofo) Mahmoud is a Philly-based daughter, with grandmother tendencies. Assembled in Yemen (from Sudanese parts), Afaq considers herself a global citizen of her own country. She is an artist, activist, and educator who seeks to love the world until it loves her back.

Andrea "Philly" Walls is a poet and self-taught digital artist. She is the author of the chapbook, Ultraviolet Catastrophe, (Thread Makes Blanket Press, 2011) and the creator of, an interactive poetry and digital art collection, which is an extended meditation on the May 13, 1985 bombing of 6221 Osage Avenue in her West Philadelphia neighborhood. She is a Pushcart Prize in Poetry nominee and a recipient of a Leeway Art and Social Change Grant. Her poetry and visual art have been published widely. She continues to seek creative ways to disengage with capitalist structures, racist institutions, and all systems of oppression.

For more information, please contact Lori Waselchuk, or (215) 232-5678 ext. 204.

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