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Arrival and Belonging (detail), 2021, by Michelle Angela Ortiz (American, born 1978) (Commissioned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Courtesy of the artist) Photo by the artist

Arrival and Belonging: Philadelphia Stories

Tuesday, June 22,
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Artist Michelle Angela Ortiz leads a conversation with two community members featured in her new video installation, Arrival and Belonging, which humanizes the struggles and challenges of finding a home.

Arrival and Belonging is a two-part project commissioned by the museum: a large-scale multiscreen video installation with light boxes and a series of events highlighting the experiences of community members throughout the city. Over an extended period of intimate conversations, Ortiz gathered the stories of four Philadelphians who represent a wide range of lived experiences as immigrants and migrants. In this talk, Ortiz talks with singer Fatu Gayflor and activist Jamaal Henderson as well as shares excerpts and images of this new work, currently on view in the exhibition New Grit: Art & Philly Now.

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Registration ends at noon the day before the program; a link will be sent to registrants prior to the program.

This program will be recorded; a link to the recording will be shared with registrants a day after the program.


Michelle Angela Ortiz is a visual artist, muralist, community arts educator, and filmmaker. Through community arts practices, painting, documentaries, and public art installations, she creates a safe space for dialogue around some of the most profound issues communities and individuals may face.

Fatu Gayflor is a singer and songwriter who sings the traditional songs of Liberia’s sixteen ethnic groups. Impacted by the war, she was in exile in neighboring countries for ten years. It was during this time that she started to compose songs based on traditional rhythms and melodies that address immediate concerns and call for change.

Jamaal Henderson is an activist fighting for housing rights in Philadelphia. In 2020 they were active in advocating on behalf of residents of a homeless encampment on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway fighting for decent housing.

This event is part of the Museum Reimagined program series.

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