The Women’s Mobile Museum (WMM) is collaboration between the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC), the South African visual activist Zanele Muholi, and ten Philadelphia artists who identify as women and femmes. An ambitious, multifaceted project launched in January 2018 and concluding in March 2019, it was conceived at a time when women globally were re-examining the barriers they face to achieving political and economic legitimacy and to effecting social change towards equal rights. The WMM program includes an artist residency for Muholi; a yearlong, paid apprenticeship in the media arts for the ten participants; a publication; a mobile exhibition that toured three locations in Philadelphia, including community centers in Juniata Park and Point Breeze, and a major museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; and a culminating exhibition at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center. For more information: philaphotoarts.org/womens-mobile-museum/
Muffy Ashley Torres Born in and ‘repping’ Philadelphia while having her heart on the U.S./Mexico border, Muffy Ashley Torres is a multifaceted, self-taught artist. With a diagnosis of a chronic illness at a young age, she “found in art a way to navigate and deal with the physical pain I often endure. Through photography, I embrace the opportunity to freeze moments and make a statement against the current socio-political climate... I believe visual art has the ability to strike emotions that can pave the way for a revolution and capture the beauty within the struggle. Striving for social justice through the process of learning and unlearning whom and what society has deemed significant for too long, I find my greatest motivation in resistance: dancing in and out of the closet, I hope that the art I create resonates with others who often struggle with being unheard.”
The Women's Mobile Museum Video Portrait Series is produced, directed and edited by Cindy Burstein and Anula Shetty.
Original Music: Marc Stern
Camera: Anula Shetty
Sound Recording: Cindy Burstein, Gail Lloyd
Editing Consultant: Michael Kuetemeyer
Motion Graphics: Nick Cassway
Additional Camera: James Wasserman
Additional Footage: Lori Waselchuk
Post-production assistance: Stormydhae Kelsey
Transcription: McCollie Garvin, Briana Torres, Erica Watson
Captioning: Cheryl Green
Thanks: Lovella Calica, Tony DiMito, Chris Vecchio
Major support for the Women's Mobile Museum has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the William Penn Foundation and the VIA Art Fund.