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First Friday Opening Reception: November 2, 2018, 6-10pm at Space 1026
This fall marks the end of over 20 years of exhibitions, events, and non-stop art making at Space 1026’s home at 1026 Arch Street. Although they are confronted by the realities of Philadelphia’s changing landscape, their plans for relocation are beginning to take shape. And somehow, at this transitional time, they are lucky enough to be able to welcome muralist Layqa Nuna Yawar to their gallery for their final scheduled exhibition at 1026 Arch Street.
Layqa Nuna Yawar’s murals can be found in public spaces around the world, monumentally inscribing silenced narratives of people of color from the Americas and from across the globe. Born in Ecuador, having migrated to the U.S. as a teenager, and now living and working in Newark, NJ, Layqa Nuna Yawar makes work that questions injustice, racism, and xenophobia while celebrating cross-cultural identity and migration. Frequently working with host communities to realize public art projects, Layqa Nuna Yawar uses his art practice to create safe spaces for imagination and identity projection.
Layqa Nuna Yawar’s artwork developed out of a traditional visual arts education, a practice of street art interventions and independent self-organization principles. His practice extends to curation, project production, mural making workshops and educational lectures. Among many other collaborations and social justice initiatives, Layqa Nuna Yawar is currently working on educational programming for an upcoming project with Mural Arts Philadelphia. He is also a fellow at Open Society Foundations, and his work in the foundation’s Moving Walls project was recently covered by the New York Times and NPR.