Philly Block Project: The Making of The Archive Collective

9 Aug 2016
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, 1400 N. American Street, Philadelphia


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.

Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) holds a panel discussion on the creation of the community-sourced exhibition Archive Collective: South Kensington 19122, part of the Center-funded project, Hank Willis Thomas: Philadelphia Block Project. Curator Kaila Brooks, project coordinator and Pew Fellow Lori Waselchuk, archive researcher Alysson Biermaier, and community organizer Tim Gibbon will discuss their work in the community and share the process behind the creation of this unique visual narrative. The event will be moderated by Rob Blackson, director of exhibitions and public programs at Temple Contemporary.

Igniting 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.