Photo art by, and for, the people of Philadelphia

Photo art by, and for, the people of Philadelphia

This week, a year-long collaboration between South African artists Zanele Muholi and Lindeka Qampi and ten Philadelphia women -- titled The Women's Mobile Museum and presented by the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) -- concludes with an exhibition that explores representation, remembrance and identity. Renée Mussai, the Head Curator at Autograph ABP London, was the curatorial mentor for the year-long project which challenged the social and economic barriers of the traditional art world - including to whom, and for whom, art has been made accessible.

We were excited for the opportunity for our funding to make these ten up-and-coming artists' work accessible to more people in non-traditional venues. The Women’s Mobile Museum was designed to move into neighborhoods traditionally underserved by Philadelphia’s arts institutions. Its first public exhibition opened at the Juniata Park Boys and Girls Club, followed by Dixon House in Point Breeze. Since January, it has been housed by PPAC in Fishtown. The William Penn Foundation supported this traveling exhibit through our New Audiences, New Places funding within our Creative Communities Program.

We visited PPAC to discuss the mobile museum with Lori Waselchuk, Exhibitions and Programs Coordinator.