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New Exhibit Coming to EKG - “Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, Movement I – The Visions” - Opens January 31

Philadelphia, PA -- January 27, 2014 -- Philadelphia-based artist Tiona McClodden’s Movement I – The Visions will be exhibited at the University City Science Center’s Esther Klein Gallery (EKG) at 3600 Market Street in Philadelphia from January 31-March 15, 2014.

Philadelphia-based artist Tiona McClodden’s Movement I – The Visions will be exhibited at the University City Science Center’s Esther Klein Gallery (EKG) at 3600 Market Street in Philadelphia from January 31-March 15, 2014.

Paired with a series of sculptures and artifacts situated within the narrative of the film, the debut exhibit creates McClodden’s own Black Americana Epic through short scenes. By breaking down an epic film into a series of short trailers, McClodden leaves it to the viewer to create the larger narrative.

The opening reception for the exhibit, the first of McClodden’s upcoming four-part series, will be held on Friday, January 31, 5:00-7:30 pm. at EKG. Movement I – The Visions is part of the Leeway Art+Technology Residency, a collaboration between the Leeway Foundation, the Breadboard program at the Science Center and NextFab Studio. EKG is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Through a series of film trailers, scenes, film stills, and memorabilia, Movement I – The Visions creates a conceptual epic film and visual art work rooted in McClodden’s personal familial history, current biography, and themes of the greater African-American experience. Each individual work gives insight to the overall narrative of the epic “film,” without creating a linear narrative. Along with film trailers and scenes, Be Alarmed will include a series of sculptures and artifacts that help tell the narrative of the film, functioning as the artist’s own Black Americana and film memorabilia.

Tiona McClodden, born in 1981, is a filmmaker and visual artist. She produces and distributes her work through Harriet’s Gun Media, whose mission is to produce and distribute works of art across a range of media platforms that examine, explore and critique issues at the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality. Through her films, McClodden has explored the themes of social change, social realism, re-memory and more recently biomythography. She has produced, written and directed a range of films examining the intersections of race, gender and sexuality, including her award-winning feature-length documentary film, black./womyn.: conversations with lesbians of African descent; a short narrative film, Bumming Cigarettes; and an experimental film portrait, roots.|&|rigor. Tiona McClodden lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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