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Walls Talk Back

Artist talk, interview and Q+A with Kaitlin Pomerantz, Mariel Capanna, and Paul M. Farber

Sunday, July 10th, 3-4:30pm
Little Berlin, 2430 Coral St., Philadelphia

Please join artists Kaitlin Pomerantz and Mariel Capanna for a public interview moderated by historian/curator Paul M. Farber. The discussion will focus on the artists’ recent works involving walls, unintentional collaboration, and graffiti feedback–getting at questions of the relationship between (sanctioned) public art and (unsolicited) public response, and the potential for unexpected meanings emerging from this interactive dialogue. Work from Pomerantz’ Philadelphia-based project As Is will be on display, as well as projected images from Capanna’s recent LA River fresco project with artist Rafa Esparza. 

The discussion will be documented in a pamphlet edited by Farber and Nilay Lawson of Los Angeles-based SSSLA. 


Kaitlin Pomerantz is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores the relationship between human activity, industry, built space and the natural world, as well as themes of vacancy, loss, and renewal. Pomerantz has been a resident of RAIR Philly, Landlab at the Schuylkill Center, and most recently, Lugo Land in Lugo, Italy. Along with Ai Wei Wei, Zoe Strauss, Kara Crombie and Alexander Rosenberg, Pomerantz is a participating artist in Monument Lab, a Pew-funded project curated by Paul Farber, A. Will Brown, and Ken Lum. Pomerantz recently received her MFA in interdisciplinary art at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Mariel Capanna uses western painting techniques to study the aesthetics of regional identity and the American landscape -- both real and mythologized. Interested in the distinction between painting as art, as labor, as craft, and as folk form, she received a 2014 Independence Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship to study fresco painting in Florence, and in 2015 executed a temporary fresco on an adobe wall built along the LA River by artist Rafa Esparza. She is currently an Artist-In-Residence for the Tacony Library and Arts Building (LAB) -- a project of the Free Library, the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, and Councilman Bobby Henon.

Paul Farber is a historian and curator based in Philadelphia. He teaches on the faculty at Haverford College, and is director and lead curator of Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia. Farber’s research focuses on urban monumentality, cultural memory, and artistic approaches to civic engagement. His current book project, Boundaries of Freedom, is a study of representations of the Berlin Wall in American art, literature, and popular culture from 1961 to the present (University of North Carolina Press). Farber has published contributed essays to numerous books on public art and history, and his work has appeared in the Guardian and on NPR.

Earlier Event: July 9
Later Event: July 22
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