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Gina DeCagna - I YOU ME

  • Olio Projects 723 Chestnut Street _ Studio 9, 19106 (map)

Join Olio Projects this Friday for the opening of London-based artist, curator, and writer Gina DeCagna’s exhibition I YOU ME.

Considered, “A Public Participatory Artist Book” this exhibition is of an ongoing project curated and edited by DeCagna. On view and activated at Olio Projects from July 26–28, 2019.

6PM viewing
7–8PM live participation & performance

10AM–6PM viewing
12–2PM & 4–6PM live participation & performance

10AM–3PM viewing
11–1pm live participation & performance

Please email or call (215) 717–8421 for more information or to RSVP a confirmation for participation. No RSVP required. Free and open to the public.

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Unfolding since 2015 when it was first birthed at the Kelly Writers House, I YOU ME returns to Philadelphia now in Old City for new public performances, beckoning visitors of all types to engage with its pages. A massive, over-stuffed accordion-style artist book that doubles as an installation, this book is both architectural in scale and thumbable at once.

Through I YOU ME, artist and editor Gina DeCagna asks visitors to unpack the interpersonal dynamics between self and other — encouraging visitors, friends and strangers alike, to converse and feel the collaborative energy of the gallery room during staged participation times, while writing and drawing individual and shared expressions using the versatile medium of charcoal. As interconnected, zigzagging pages of the installation occupy the gallery’s space, participants will rework the charcoal — erasing, smudging, redrawing, and rewriting — and enable us to explore public expressions of selves within spheres of multiplicity.

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Originally from the New York metro area, Gina DeCagna is a London-based cultural producer, creating interdisciplinary installations inspired by architecture, literature, semiotics, and philosophy to engage with time, space, and consciousness. Through research-driven methodologies and cultural investigations, she creates and curates cross-genre writing, intertextual media, and interdisciplinary publications or exhibitions in and beyond gallery spaces.

DeCagna is pursuing her MFA at Goldsmiths, University of London and is a 2019 Venice Biennale Fellow under the British Council, serving as a representative of both Goldsmiths and the UK. She has shown in solo and group exhibitions in London, New York, Philadelphia, and forthcoming in Venice, Italy. She holds an Honors BA in English, Creative Writing and Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, where she had founded, edited, and directed a publication and community of over four hundred collaborating artists and writers known as SYMBIOSIS (2012–2016), based at the Kelly Writers House. From 2017 to 2018, she served as the inaugural Van Doren Engagement Fellow of Penn’s Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) and Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing (CPCW) as well as on the steering committee of the Philadelphia Avant-Garde Studies Consortium (PASC).

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Based in Philadelphia, Olio Projects is an artist-run space directed by William Henry Felinski that engages the hyper local and global while working across art, architecture, and design platforms to provide alternative exhibitions and cultural artifacts.

Earlier Event: July 26