Corner Store (Take-Out Stories)

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If there’s one thing that unites the vast neighborhoods of Philadelphia, it’s the corner store. These little shops—chock full of groceries, household goods, and/or take-out meals—are staples in more urban areas. After the sun sets, some of these places may inadvertently host a myriad of questionable activities, but nonetheless, they remain part of our neighborhood fabric. Still, how many of us, without checking, know the name of these places? How many of us refer to these businesses by the ethnicity of its owner/operators, as opposed to what they’re actually called?

In their newest exhibition, titled Corner Store: Take-Out Stories, the mighty Asian Arts Initiative challenges the preconceived notions we may have about these shops and evaluates exactly how much is experienced via the encounters that take place within them. Boasting a mixed-media collection of photography, videos, merchandise and live performances, Corner Store hopes to shatter some of the myths erected around the shops in your ‘hood. By starting a dialogue regarding some of the ethnic alienation, culture shock and the ever-tricky language barrier, this project addresses the notion of how relationships are forged, depending on which side of the counter the person stands.

Collaborating with talented Amber Art cohorts Ernel Martinez and Keir Johnston, AAI presents a remarkable project that hopes to enlighten as well as educate members of our community about, well, each other. // KENNEDY ALLEN

Through Aug. 22. Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine St. 215.557.4055. asianartsinitiative.org

 

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EVENT DETAILS

WHEN
Monday, August 18, 2014
Recurring: ONCE Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

TIME & PRICE
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WHERE
1219 Vine St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 08/19/2014. .

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Asian Arts Initiative

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