Vox Populi is a non-profit gallery, performance space, and artist collective in Philadelphia that has been in operation for over thirty years. Artist-run and dedicated to supporting the challenging and experimental work of independent artists and community/event organizers, Vox Populi strives to offer provocative programming within a supportive, non-hierarchical environment. The Vox Populi Gallery podcast is an extension of this work, offering an outlet for collective members and invited guests (curators, artists, musicians, and more) to share thoughts, conversation, and additional artwork.
Give Them Their Flowers: A Conversation between Chelsea A. Flowers and Makeba Rainey
Inspired by Chelsea A. Flowers recent Vox Populi exhibition, Give Me My Flowers, artists Makeba Rainey and Chelsea discuss making work during the pandemics of Covid-19 and White supremacy. In this funny and vulnerable episode, both artists discuss curating community on social media, the importance of stand-up comedy and navigating the constant trauma inflicted by White "allies" in Art spaces.
To see Chelsea A. Flowers' Vox Populi exhibition check out our website and see more of her video work on Chelsea's website
You can follow both artists on social media:
Chelsea A. Flowers- @chelseaaf1
Makeba Rainey- @justkeebs
This episode contains explicit language and mentions sexual and physical assault.
Coping through Humor
Humor as a creative strategy for issuing critique and speaking to specific community is discussed by co-jurors Brittany Webb and James Claiborne, along with host Imani Roach, in our final episode (😭) of the Make/Shift podcast series.
We hope you have enjoyed this mini-series and lookout for new series about Art at Vox Populi in the future!
Material vs. Structural
The potential for process or materials-based artworks to create new worlds, interrogate history, and redefine structures of value and power is explored in episode three of the Make/Shift: It Wasn’t Supposed To Be Like This podcast.
Hosted by Vox member Imani Roach and featuring exhibition co-jurors Brittany Webb and James Claiborne, stick around to the very end to hear a possible alien abduction 👽.
Earnestness & Approachability
In part two of four– Host Imani Roach, guides a conversation between the co-jurors of Make/Shift: It Wasn't Supposed to Be Like This, Brittany Webb and James Claiborne, about the power of approachability and vulnerability. The three discuss how Art that represents the deceptively mundane is often a political and personal Trojan Horse.
Taking it Seriously
Tasked with reviewing over 300 artists' work in the midst of a pandemic– co-jurors Brittany Webb and James Claiborne talk about finding themselves within the art, making quiet pieces stand out and how they had no choice but to take the work seriously. Enjoy part one of a four part conversation hosted by Imani Roach about the coming together of Vox Populi's 2020 Juried Exhibition, Make/Shift: It Wasn't Supposed to be like This.