TILT Institute for the Contemporary Image (formerly known as the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center) is an artist-focused institution centered on the importance of contemporary image-making as an ever-evolving art form. The organization offers exhibitions, events, educational programming, and residencies. TILT is a resource for both practicing artists as well as individuals interested in learning about all aspects of contemporary photography.
The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (now known as TILT Institute for the Contemporary Image) presented Hank Willis Thomas: Philly Block Project, a 15-month, multi-phase engagement and exhibition in which conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas recreated a city block with a series of 1:1 scale photographs of North Philadelphia's people and buildings. Along with photographs installed in the galleries of the PPAC, public forums and a crowd-sourced neighborhood image archive and exhibition invited audiences to consider issues related to gentrification. Community members were encouraged to add personal photographs and portraits to Thomas' installation, thereby turning PPAC into a community gathering space.
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