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Exhibition

Revival!

An audio-visual meditation on Black spiritual and ecstatic experience.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) and BlackStar are proud to present Revival!, an audio-visual meditation celebrating the visual and sonic culture of shared Black spiritual experience.

Featuring an audio-visual mix by filmmaker and artist Rashid Zakat, this installation is an attempt to reimagine and practice what collective joy and resilience look like in times of crisis. Subtly drawing upon José Esteban Muñoz’s notion of ecstasy as “an invitation, a call to a then-and-there, a not-yet-here… a collective potentiality,” Revival! treats ecstasy not only as a corrective balm to injury but a world-making claim to the right of life, imagination, and joyful expression, an especially critical response to our current moment.

Featured on a grid of video monitors in FWM’s front window on Arch Street in Center City, the accompanying soundtrack for Revival! is projected onto the street (during museum hours), also inviting viewers to scan a QR code to access the Revival! stream from their personal devices anytime, anywhere. The installation is meant to be iterative, with evolving content to be featured over the course of its run through early June. 

Additional support for Revival! is provided by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Paideia Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

For more on the 2020 performance series titled Revival!, click here. To see more of Rashid’s work, visit Rashid.tv. 

Viewing Times


@ Fabric Workshop and Museum

February 21 – June 6, 2021

During Museum Hours
  • Tuesday—Friday: 12 pm to 6 pm
  • Saturday—Sunday: 12 pm to 5 pm




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Rashid Zakat

Filmmaker and Artist

Rashid Zakat is a filmmaker and artist based in Philadelphia. He uses video, photography, design, audio and the web to encourage people to find as much beauty, joy and wonder as possible. Professionally Rashid has a 15 year long career as a director and cinematographer for non-fiction, experimental films and music videos. He has done work for Nike, Intel, Grammy Award Winning artist India.Arie, Carmelo Anthony, Black Thought of the Roots, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, NBC, Comcast, BlackStar Film Festival, Soul Train, Topic, WHYY, Philadelphia Contemporary, Mural Arts, Rashaad Newsome & BET to name a few.

His personal work includes short documentary, iPhone and traditional portrait projects, visual mixtapes, digital publications, video installations, open mics & dance parties that experiment with visuals. Obsessed with the internet and new modes of communication, Rashid routinely shares his media experiments on social platforms.

 




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