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Here. Opens at City Hall in Philadelphia

March 2016

On Friday, March 4, 2016, the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University hosted an opening for the photo and audio interview exhibit called Here. Stories from Selinsgrove Center and KenCrest Services.

PHOTO: Visitors arriving at the opening reception for the Here. exhibit on March 4, 2016
Visitors arriving at the opening reception for the Here. exhibit on March 4, 2016. More photos below.

The exhibit, which runs through May 6 at City Hall in Philadelphia, is a collection of audio interviews with 19 adults with developmental/intellectual disabilities who are living and/or working in state centers and sheltered workshops.

The moving interviews are accompanied by extraordinary portraits, enlarged to banner size, from renowned Philadelphia photographer JJ Tiziou which are mounted in the Northeast Corner Visitors Entrance stairwell of City Hall. This is a dramatic and moving display for individuals who have lived much of their lives apart from the rest, often unheard and unseen.

The more than 50 guests at the opening reception gathered first at the Art At City Hall art gallery on the first floor, then toured the staircase and the fourth floor where a television runs the audio interviews on a continuous loop. Additional display cases on the fourth floor feature a variety of behind-the-scenes images of the interview process and the photo sessions.

The interviews and photographs can be access on our website: http://disabilities.temple.edu/voices/afkol/stories-images.html

City Hall is located at 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia, 19107 and the hours are 9 AM to 5 PM.

Here. Opening Reception Photos


PHOTO: Institute on Disabilities co-executive director Celia S. Feinstein (at left) at podium in the City Hall, Philadelphia exhibition space
Institute on Disabilities co-executive director Celia S. Feinstein (at left) at podium in the City Hall, Philadelphia exhibition space.

PHOTO: A view upward of photos by JJ Tiziou in the City Hall stairwell
A view upward of photos by JJ Tiziou in the City Hall stairwell.

PHOTO: Visitors from KenCrest Services getting a first look at the photo installation in City Hall
Visitors from KenCrest Services getting a first look at the photo installation in City Hall.

PHOTO: City Hall exhibitions manager Tu Huynh at podium in the City Hall exhibition space
City Hall exhibitions manager Tu Huynh at podium in the City Hall exhibition space.

PHOTO: A Fierce Kind of Love director David Bradley participates in a white board social activity with Liz Green of First Person Arts
A Fierce Kind of Love director David Bradley participates in a white board social activity with Liz Green of First Person Arts.

PHOTO: Curator Nicki Pombier Berger (left), photographer JJ Tiziou, composer Christopher Colucci (right), and others listen to speakers' remarks at the March 4 opening
Curator Nicki Pombier Berger (left), photographer JJ Tiziou, composer Christopher Colucci (right), and others listen to speakers' remarks at the March 4 opening.

PHOTO: Visitors gather for speakers' remarks while First Person Arts collects photos of individual comments on "mobile" white boards
Visitors gather for speakers' remarks while First Person Arts collects photos of individual comments on "mobile" white boards.

PHOTO: Visitors enjoying words, song, and photos
Visitors enjoying words, song, and photos.

PHOTO: This group of interview narrators (and friends) for the Here. project traveled across Pennsylvania to attend the opening
This group of interview narrators (and friends) for the Here. project traveled across Pennsylvania to attend the opening.

PHOTO: A Fierce Kind of Love director David Bradley at the podium
A Fierce Kind of Love director David Bradley at the podium.

PHOTO: Visitors listen to opening remarks
Visitors listen to opening remarks.

PHOTO: View down the City Hall stairwell, of photos by JJ Tiziou
View down the City Hall stairwell, of photos by JJ Tiziou.


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