Monument Lab presents Manifest Stations a student exhibition

Monument Lab presents Manifest Stations a student exhibition

Description

Students enrolled this fall in Monument Lab artistic director Paul Farber’s Fine Arts civic studio course at the University of Pennsylvania will ponder, create, and then publically install their own portable definitions of freedom through Manifest Stations. In collaboration with artists Matt Neff and Steph Garcia, in small groups undergraduate and graduate students will write six-word manifestos defining freedom; create foldable one-page books and posters through the historic letterpress with the Common Press; and then pursue temporary installations of their works in public spaces on campus and in Philadelphia. The documentation and outcomes of these projects will result in an online exhibition of the projects on the Monument Lab Instagram page the week of October 15 and circulate with partners locally and nationally. By mixing one of the oldest forms of informational distribution (letterpress) with the newest (Instagram), the project aims to provoke engagement around the ways freedom provokes a complex cultural inheritance. For example, Philadelphia, as a rooted home of the letterpress, popularized by Benjamin Franklin, has been used to disrupt systems of power. The publishing platform was also used by Franklin’s Pennsylvania Gazette as a vehicle to print advertisements for people who were enslaved. The city itself is layered with stories of freedom and repression, and as such, a landscape of convergences ripe for reflection and engagement. Manifest Stations is intended to place imaginings of freedom into contexts of public art, ecology, and history for a contemporary moment of struggle and striving.

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