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PITTSBURGH, PA — The August Wilson Center for African American Culture (AWC) is issuing a call for participants. Pittsburgh residents are invited to come to the AWC on July 22–25, 2015, to have their portraits taken for Humanae/I AM AUGUST, a forthcoming art installation featuring the faces of Pittsburghers.
Brazilian photographer Angélica Dass’s ongoing Humanae project has featured over 2,500 photos in public spaces around the world, including Madrid, Barcelona, Addis Ababa, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Lagos, Paris and Chicago. “Here in Pittsburgh,” says janera solomon, executive director of the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater and producer of the installation, “we will adapt the Humanae project to the theme of I AM AUGUST, the rallying cry of artists, community leaders and friends of the AWC. It is a celebration of artists, of community and resilience of the human spirit.”
This unique opportunity will unite the city of Pittsburgh through photographs, as any area resident can be a part of the experience. The project seeks 150 individuals to come to the AWC and have their picture taken. RSVP is required online at http://www.magentafoundation.org/popups/pittsburgh-fall-2015-call/. Groups of 10 or more, such as church groups, civic groups, fraternities, sororities, scouts, camps, and artist collectives, should RSVP to Deesha Philyaw, at email@example.com or 412-363-3000. Additional details, including photographs of previous Humanae exhibits, can also be found on the registration site.
Originally designed by internationally recognized architect Allison Williams, the August Wilson Center welcomes area residents to see themselves in the experiences of African American culture. solomon adds, “The Humanae/I AM AUGUST project invites the community, children and adults, to join us in breathing new life into to this center.” The project will also include a collection of community stories, performances and events that solomon describes “as a first step toward a vision for an August Wilson Center that boldly celebrates community in the spirit of the center’s namesake, August Wilson.”
Humanae/I AM AUGUST will be installed for the September 25th Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Gallery Crawl. A preview event for media will be held. The installation will continue through August 2016.
Humanae/I AM AUGUST is produced by janera solomon and the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater in partnership with the Magenta Foundation with generous financial support from The Pittsburgh Foundation. Photographs from Angélica Dass’s Humanae project can be viewed at http://www.angelicadass.com/humanae-work-in-progress/.