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File #: 180827    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 9/20/2018 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 9/20/2018
Title: Recognizing Le Chapeau Project and its artists on the occasion of their one-day art gallery showcasing international artists and challenging the negative narrative surrounding immigrants and individuals from Africa, Asia and the Americas.
Sponsors: Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Johnson
Attachments: 1. Signature18082700.pdf
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Recognizing Le Chapeau Project and its artists on the occasion of their one-day art gallery showcasing international artists and challenging the negative narrative surrounding immigrants and individuals from Africa, Asia and the Americas.

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WHEREAS, In January 2018, during a conversation in the Oval Office concerning immigration policy, President Trump balked at the prospect of allowing immigrants from some majority non-white nations to enter the United States, allegedly describing them as "s**thole countries." The White House did not deny the veracity of the reports; and

WHEREAS, The Founders of Le Chapeau Project, currently living in Morocco and Mexico, were among those who listened to the President's comments with dismay. The organization Le Chapeau Project was formally established in 2018 to democratize engagement with art. Curating one-day only art galleries around the world, Le Chapeau Project showcases contemporary artists from around the globe who would not be presented in typical galleries. After the President's remarks, they chose to use their first exhibit to challenge this negative characterization of non-white countries. Thus, the art exhibit was conceived, named after President Trump's now notorious remarks; and

WHEREAS, The exhibit is a one-day art gallery showcasing artists hailing from at least 15 countries, including Haiti, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Rwanda and Tunisia, as well as art from local Philadelphians. The exhibit will allow audience members to explore art from countries demeaned by President Trump like never before; and

WHEREAS, The art exhibit will be experiential and feature many different types of media, including sculpture, paintings, performances, photography, and video. One room in the exhibit will be entirely dedicated to the life and work of renowned Tunisian documentary photographer Sophia Baraket, who passed away in July 2018; and

WHEREAS, Le Chapeau Project chose to hold the exhibition in Phila...

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