Second Thursday at NextFab: “La Sombrilla” Art Installation & Gallery Talk

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Second Thursday at NextFab: “La Sombrilla” Art Installation & Gallery Talk

August 11 @ 10:00 pm - August 12 @ 12:00 am

Join us in the NextFab Gallery, for the installation of “La Sombrilla,” a self-sustaining environmental sculpture.

Join us in the NextFab Gallery, for the installation of “La Sombrilla,” a self-sustaining environmental sculpture that responds to the context of climate change in one of the largest immigrant communities in the city. Multidisciplinary artists Jose Ortiz Pagan, Omar Buenaventura, and Maria Dumlao will discuss the barriers faced by many migrant communities in owning homes, and how their installation begins to open the doors to those conversations.

Their installation “La Sombrilla,” an installation originally unveiled while it was 100° in Southeast Philadelphia, during an event called “La Sombrilla Block Party.” The moment served to generate a poetic action to illustrate the actual impact of heat and was the culmination of #HeatResponse a two-year project that organized people in South Philly in the context of climate change in one of the largest immigrant communities in the city. During this event organized together with @agoodvt they had tens of people attending and cooling down with the water coming from “La Sombrilla”.

This helped them understand what it means to have conversations around climate change with folks that are facing many other challenges, understanding that these conversations need to happen within the means of what people can achieve. Instead of blaming and shaming, they decided to hear about what they are already doing to combat the heat.

“La Sombrilla,” a self-sustaining environmental sculpture that lifts the traditions of creating informal gardens in the area and which responds to the lack of space to create green areas and have tree canopy to protect from heatwaves. Designed and built together, it utilized reclaimed wood from an 80-year-old water tank that was donated by Asian Arts Philly, creating a narrative of how we can build a sustainable future.

Join us for this pop-up exhibition in the NextFab galleries where the artists will be answering questions about their work. Light drinks and refreshments will be served.

Venue

NextFab
1800 North American Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122 United States