Re-Place-ing Philadelphia: Public Talk with Faustin Linyekula and Dr. Rizvana Bradley

4 Apr 2015
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
University of the Arts, 1401 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia


Faustin Linyekula. Photo by Elise Fitte-Duval.

The Painted Bride Art Center hosts a public conversation with dancer and choreographer Faustin Linyekula and Dr. Rizvana Bradley of Emory University. A dynamic discussion on practice, process, artistry, and social concerns will be followed by a reception.

Funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Re-Place-ing Philadelphia is built on a foundation of public dialogue and interaction, using art as a lens for viewing the city and its history. The 20-month project is designed to be open-ended, flexible, and permeable, generating a stream of performances, artworks, lectures, readings, and conversations that respond to the city and create forums for new ideas. A core group of artists will aid the Painted Bride in transforming their programs, infrastructure, and facilities.

Dancer, choreographer, and self-described storyteller Faustin Linyekula founded Studios Kabako in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo), in 2001. Linyekula looks to subvert the dominant tropes of representation, replacing them with ideas of innovation, community, resourcefulness, and hope.

Dr. Rizvana Bradley is Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University, and was the Helena Rubinstein Critical Studies Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her current research discusses and locates the material history of blackness as central to current debates about community in contemporary continental philosophy, and extends its critical gaze directly to Linyekula's work.