Journeys South was a temporary public art project that drew inspiration from both oral and archival historical sources to trace the history of South Philadelphia as reflected in the legacies of immigration. It moved public art “off the wall” to examine the richly layered and evolving immigrant histories of South Philadelphia through four, interactive, community-based artworks that celebrated the stories of South Philadelphia.
The seven artists who collaborated on the four works used different media and techniques – from poetry and visual art to photography and choreography – to bring these stories to life.
While the original works are no longer on display, you can now see images of the works and read more about them here on PhilaPlace. Unique to PhilaPlace, you will find full transcripts of the interviews with South Philadelphia community members that inspired the project. Also unique to PhilaPlace are audio recordings of the poetry that formed the heart of “Neighbor Ballads” – one of the four artworks – read by artist Frank Sherlock.
Click here to start reading about this fascinating project!