Twelve Gates Arts Third Annual Fundraiser Gala & Upcoming Events
‘Twelve Gates Arts held their Third Annual Fundraiser Gala on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at La Peg Brasserie at Fringe Arts. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception with passed hor d’oeuvres and small plates, with a dessert buffet by La Peg Brasserie at the gothic glamour gala. There was an art auction with a live performance by the Almanac Dance Circus Theatre. Twelve Gates Arts (12G) is a non profit (501(c)(3) organization created with the aim to showcase international arts bound by the sensibilities of a diaspora identity, including the South Asian identity, to create and promote projects crossing cultural and geographical boundaries, and to educate the community about diaspora culture
Twelve Gates Arts, established in 2011, is a non-profit organization based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The “gates” refer to the fortified gates that walled many ancient cities such as Delhi, Lahore, Jerusalem, and Rhodes – inside which lay the heart of each city’s art and culture, and today this reference offers perspectives on history and possibilities.
Twelve Gates Arts holds monthly exhibitions of contemporary and modern art by artists from countries in South Asia and the Middle East, as well as by diasporic artists from those regions. The list of artists represented comprises an impressive spectrum of established masters as well as cutting edge and outstanding newcomers. In addition to the exhibition programming, regular Salon events showcase works by artists in film, multi-media, literature and performance.
The Current Exhibit Lived Experiences Bolo | Julius John Alam | Vered Snear curated by Atif Sheikh
May 19 – June 15, 2016
Lived Experiences brings together three artists – Bolo (artist duo Saks Afridi and Qinza Najm), Julius John Alam, and Vered Snear whose recent works revolve around performances of lived experiences of ‘other’.
The next exhibit
12 Gates Video Art Fest Hosted by Asian Arts Initiative at Pearl Street Tunnel, under Reading Viaduct 1219 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 Experimental Contemporary Video Art
me.na.sa. ( middle east . north africa . south asia )
June 11, 2016
Saturday 7pm – 10pm
The 2nd Annual 12G Contemporary Video Art Festival celebrates contemporary video art – that is, contemporary art using recorded moving images, created by artists from or about the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. This 2nd edition of the juried show will be co-presented by Asian Arts Initiative in a tunnel under Philadelphia’s Reading Viaduct on Pearl Street, carrying over the experimental nature of the works to be screened. Subjects and themes for the exhibit include queer, controversial, poetic, abstract, political, philosophical, uncensored – anything that stretches beyond conventional. We look forward to producing a thought-provoking and inspiring exhibit to follow the well-received inaugural exhibit in 2015, which drew submissions from contemporary artists across the globe.