One Year Installation

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There were 331 murders in Philadelphia in 2012, most due to gun violence. With those tragedies in mind, MamaCita, a co-op of local mothers in the area, put together the art installation project One Year, being shown as part of this year’s Fringe Festival. This display showcases hundreds—331, to be exact—of wire vessels, each representing a murder in the city, to combat public apathy toward urban violence.

Comprised of Julie Mann, Karen Hunter McLaughlin, Brenda Howell, Kimberly Mehler and Janice Hayes-Cha, MamaCita notes how the black wire sculptures use “beautifully intricate shapes to portray each loss as a complex individual, while each vessel’s shadow speaks to the inter-connectedness of victim/perpetrator, mourner/mourned, body/soul.” While One Year was exhibiting at the Painted Bride early last year, highlighting 2011’s senseless murders, the women continued to handcraft the pieces through the end of 2012 as each violent death was reported in the news.

“It’s not a good year,” Mehler told NewsWorks. “When I would sit home and make a vessel, it would be very meditative. I would say a prayer for this unnamed person.”

The opening night of the 2013 installation will feature spoken word performances, as well as singing and drumming by grieving moms in support groups coached by Jemma Kistow~Zenquis and vocalists Rhetta Morgan and Marcy Davis. / Randy LoBasso

Through Sat., Sept. 21. Free. 6:30pm. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. fringearts.com
 

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WHEN
Saturday, September 07, 2013
Recurring: ONCE Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Recurring: ONCE

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- - Free.

WHERE
The Rotunda , 4014 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 09/10/2013. .

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