From now until Open Source culminates in October, we’re dropping behind-the-scenes videos about our Open Source artists and how they’re exploring the diverse communities and neighborhoods of Philadelphia, thanks to their work with Mural Arts.
Last week, we kicked of this series by featuring Jonathan Monk's skateable sculptures at Paine's Park. This week, we're going in a very different direction with SWOON and her project about the role that art can play in healing and recovery.
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Caledonia Curry, aka SWOON, is an internationally-renowned artist whose work crosses boundaries between street art and the museum, aesthetics and social practice, handmade and mass produced.
As the first step in her Open Source project, Swoon spent a month in Philadelphia running a series of art workshops. She and Jessica Radovich ran art workshops with three groups men and women: Men currently incarcerated at Graterford SCI, members of The Guild (our reentry program), and women at Interim House (a treatment facility in Mount Airy for women with substance abuse and mental health issues). For SWOON, it was an opportunity to develop an understanding of the conditions and context of trauma that lead to and perpetuate lifelong addiction. From this experience, she will develop a series of portraits that will appear in a public space, so keep an eye out for those in the coming months...
Learn more about SWOON at her artist profile page.
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