MamaCITA Artists

A Mothers Cooperative in the Arts

MamaCITA HR Press Images- Re.Collection 2014

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016

Images from MamaCITA’s 2014 group solo show – Re.Collection, and 360° collaborative member installation. Cheltenham Center for the Arts. February, 2014. Installation Photographs by Michelle Ciarlo-Hayes Exhibit Photograph by Dana...

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In art, mothers find way to deal with losing a child

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014

By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer September 06, 2013 No one believes that they have found the cure for violence. Certainly not the hundreds of women who earned membership in Mothers in Charge by losing their children tobullets and blades. Certainly not Dorothy Johnson-Speight, who founded the group 10 years ago after her 24-year-old son, Kaahliq, was shot to death in Olney by a neighbor during an argument over a parking spot. And certainly not the five mothers in the artists’ collective MamaCITA who came up with an idea for an exhibitto raise awareness about the city’s homicide rate. Working together, though, these women figured that they might as well try to do something. To find yet another small way to push back against the crushing forces of anger, despair, and callousness that drive people to kill. If not...

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Collaboration is the basis for anti-violence project, One Year, at the Rotunda

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014

From The Artblog, Review by Rachel Heidenry September 16, 2013 —>Rachel’s post delves into a year-long anti-violence project in which artists of MamaCITA collective collaborated with Mothers in Charge to create a project to memorialize the deaths by homicide in Philadelphia in 2012. –the artblog editors——————–> The twisted-wire vessels — 331 of them — are suspended from metal rods, with their shadows projected onto streams of white cloth behind them that cascade to the floor. The vessels’ dark wires create linear journeys of angles, curves, hurdles and loops, manifesting into intricate casings of sculptural form. Three hundred and thirty-one documented homicides took place in Philadelphia in 2012; 331 lives were lost. Three hundred and thirty-one people became a statistic. –Read full review on The Art...

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Images to Soothe, Amy S. Rosenberg

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014

Philadelphia Inquirer, September 28, 2012
Amy S. Rosenberg: “Images to Soothe”.
Article about the MamaCita collaboration- Beginnings, installed in the new Einstein Montgomery Hospital.

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Honoring Each Victim, Yowei Shaw

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014

BrendasHandsWHYY- NewWorks
Yowei Shaw: “Honoring each Philadelphia homicide victim with art”.
Radio interview with MamaCita members of the Leeway Art and Change Grant project- One Year.

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Press Archives

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014

Liberty City Press
Vessels Carry Message Article by Shiela Simmons, January 15, 2013

97.5 Ben FM
Woman of the Week with Marilyn Russell. Interview with MamaCITA members Michelle Carlo-Hayes and Heather Knopf discussing the Miss Representation screening and Represent Art exhibit.

PHL17- Eye Opener
The “One Year” art installation. An interview with Lauren Intindoli of PHL17/WPHL. Aired January 8, 2013.

NewsWorks.org
Maleka Fruean: “Artists continue their work memorializing every Philadelphia homicide victim of 2012”. Continuing coverage by WHYY of the One Year art installation. December 2012

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