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August 14-September 19, 2021
Ancestors returning again / this time only to themselves
Experience a site-specific art installation by Black Quantum Futurism at the historic Hatfield House.
From August 14 to September 19, the Hatfield House in East Fairmount Park will host an immersive, site-specific art installation Ancestors returning again / this time only to themselves by Black Quantum Futurism (BQF).
The installation debuts Write No History (2021), a film directed and produced by BQF with filmmaker Bob Sweeney presented as a video and sound installation inside the historic Hatfield House. Write No History features found and archival footage of The Temporal Disruptors, members of an ancient secret society of Black scientists, healers, and writers transporting a “quantum time capsule” between the future, past, and present. The Hatfield House in Fairmount Park is transformed into a gallery of artifacts and found objects from the secret society.
Visitors will walk through the house for a multi-layered experience combining video, sound, and physical objects.
Black Quantum Futurism (based in Philadelphia, PA) is an interdisciplinary creative practice between Camae Ayewa and Rasheedah Phillips that weaves quantum physics, afrofuturism, and Afrodiasporic concepts of time, ritual, text, and sound and creating counterhistories and Black quantum womanist futures that challenge exclusionary, mainstream versions of history and future. Black Quantum Futurism has created a number of community-based projects, performances, experimental music projects, installations, workshops, books, short films, zines, including the award-winning Community Futures Lab and the Black Woman Temporal Portal. BQF Collective is a 2021 CERN Artist Residents, 2021 Knight Art + Tech Fellows, 2018 Velocity Fund Grantee, 2017 Center for Emerging Visual Artists Fellow, 2017 Pew Fellow, and 2016 A Blade of Grass Fellow. BQF has presented, exhibited, and performed at Red Bull Arts NY, Chicago Architecture Biennial, Manifesta 13 Biennial, ApexArt NYC, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Vox Populi Gallery, ICA London, and more.
No reservations are required for this exhibit. Visitors will be admitted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
On opening day, Saturday, August 14, the exhibition will be open from 1-4pm.
Regular hours are as follows:
- Wed, Sat, Sun: 1 – 5pm
Ancestors returning again / this time only to themselves is meant to be an immersive experience. Visitors will walk through the house to experience the film in segments and the art installations at their leisure.
The art installation will take place on the ground floor and second floor of the Hatfield House.
Please note: The first floor of the Hatfield House is ADA accessible. The second floor is accessible only via stairs.
Yes. There will be an ADA accessible portable restroom on the grounds of the Hatfield House.
There is a small parking lot at the Hatfield House with limited spots available. Bike racks are also available.
The Hatfield House is accessible via the 15 SEPTA Trolley Line.
Food is not available at the Hatfield House, but we encourage you to bring your own blanket or lawn chair and picnic on the lawn before or after experiencing the exhibit.
Masks will be required indoors for all visitors and social distancing protocols will be in place.
This exhibition is organized by Past Present Projects of CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia.
Ancestors returning again / this time only to themselves is generously funded by the Knight Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts with additional support provided by ArtPlace America.