(DIS)PLACED: Philadelphia is an initiative exploring the theme of displacement across Philadelphia’s diverse communities and from the perspectives of four artists-in-residence of Arab heritage. Over the span of 18 months, the project will engage the public through storytelling, music performances, poetry readings, visual art, and community forums.
Presented by Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, (DIS)PLACED invites Lebanese poet Nazem El Sayed, Tunisian muralist eL Seed, Syrian installation artist Buthayna Ali, and Syrian composer Kinan Abou-Afach to produce new works in Philadelphia. These distinguished artists bring their personal experiences and will take inspiration from local stories of people whose lives have been impacted by displacement, especially among Arab, Black, Latino, and Asian communities. (DIS)PLACED is made possible by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with support from the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, and in partnership with Mural Arts Philadelphia and Penn Global.