Hakan Ibisi carries a photograph of his grandfather in his wallet. Ibisi was photographed for the Philly Block Project, a collaboration between the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and Hank Willis Thomas. Photo by Wyatt Gallery/Hank Willis Thomas Studio, 2015.
As part of the 15-month, multi-phase engagement and exhibition, Hank Willis Thomas: Philadelphia Block Project, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center presents Archive Collective: South Kensington 19122 a community exhibition comprised of crowd-sourced photographs from residents of Philadelphia's South Kensington neighborhood.
An opening reception for Archive Collection will be held on June 9 at 6 p.m.
Encouraging a dialogue on issues related to gentrification, Philadelphia Block Project invites conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas to engage the community through public forums and photography. The project culminates in a gallery installation of Thomas' recreation of a city block with a series of 1:1 scale photographs of South Kensington's people and buildings, opening September 8, 2016.