Opened on May 9, 2014
Brocados: Magic, Illusions, Dreams and Life isÂ Patricia Cazorla & Nancy Saleme’sÂ site-specific installation in Tallerâs adjacent garden that pays homage to the history of the areaâs textile industry and its connection to Latina women and their struggles. Since 2010, the two artists have worked together beginning with issues of undocumented farm workers in the US and immigration policy.
The Kensington neighborhood of North Philadelphia was known for its many small to medium-sized textile factories.Â After World War IIÂ Puerto Ricans migrated to Greater Philadelphia to work in canning factories and sugar refineries. Women came to work at first as domestic help, but eventually found work as seamstresses and textile workers. With their earnings these Puerto Rican and Latina women supported their families in their home countries and were able to start families here. For most of these women, this was their first job and taste of independence. Now, after a lot of these factories have closed or moved out of the city, what remains is their stories.
ConociÃ©ndote (Getting to Know You): Bridging the Audience Divide is Tallerâs 2013 John S. and James L. Knight Foundationâs Knight Arts Challenge award-winning project, bridging Philadelphiaâs audience divideÂ with events and exhibitions inÂ May, July, and September of 2014.Â The events connect the work of five organizations in North Philadelphia around three commissioned, month-long, socially-conscious outdoor art installations by artists Nancy Salame & Patricia Cazorla, JosÃ© Ortiz PagÃ¡n, and Andria Morales & Maya Escobar. The partner organizations are Congreso de Latinos Unidos, HACE, RaÃces Culturales Latinoamericanas, and a Seed on Diamond Gallery.
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