Blockadia: Theories, Evidence, Practice

Blockadia Lecture at the Van Pelt Library, University of Pennsylvania on December 2, 2017. This presentation was given by Little Brown Wonder, Blockadia's Minister of Data as a part of Political My Ars!, a conference organized by the Pennsylvania Avant Garde Studies Consortium.

 

WE HAVE THE FUTURE

WE HAVE THE FUTURE was a collaboration between Josh Graupera, Katie Kaplan and Andrew Perez. The three artists fused their creative mythologies together to enhance our understandings of the imaginary as it relates to the real world around us.

"Together, we seek to create a space that is welcoming and empowering to Queer and POC individuals, where our worlds and identities often intersect. We celebrate our collaboration at a time when our people are in grave danger and hope to provide this space as a place of solace for ourselves and each other."

For this exhibition, Kaplan, Perez and Graupera undertook an experiment in collaboration, creating a cohesive installation of three separate worlds, in the interest of finding common ground, and making new connections, with each other and the public. Working in a variety of mediums, this installation included sculptures, fibers, paintings, as well as a focus on drawing and printmaking.

Check out a review of the show by Todd Stong here!

Blockadia II: Girard Ave

Blockadia's second installation took place in my own apartment in North Central Philadelphia. During this time, people of color were invited to spend time, reflect and study while knowing they were in a space intentionally made for them. Below are installation shots of the space.

Blockadia Video (2016)

Check out this video compiling Blockadia's set-ups in Skowhegan, ME and Philadelphia, PA. Music by Madlib.