Unsung


2016, 4-channel video and audio installation with audio transducers, corrugated steel and fog machines
Continuous loop

Vocalists:
Fatima Adamu
Melissa Dunphy
Matré Grant
Maria Murphy

Unsung evoked the silenced and forgotten voices of women in Philadelphia’s Callowhill neighborhood, from its earliest days to our present moment.

Sound artist and composer Nadia Botello, and video artists Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib, created a timeline in image and sound, interweaving various narratives: an 18th-century prostitute, the wife of an Irish railroad worker, an undocumented immigrant stuck in a cycle of dependency.

The immersive installation included interpretive recordings by four vocalists, bringing the neighborhood’s unwritten history to life.

Over 1,200 visitors walked through the tunnel beneath the Reading Viaduct to experience this one-night-only event.


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