Our Land, Our Movement

Our Land, Our Movement is a public art project focused on healing our bodies and lands.

Photo by Erin Blewett.

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    September 30, 2023

Our Land, Our Movement Zine 


About the Project 

Our Land, Our Movement is a public art project focused on healing our bodies and lands. Led by artist Marguerite Hemmings, this expansive series engages with communities living in West Philly, Olney and Chinatown who feel disconnected/unsafe/restricted from their bodies and neighborhoods. During the summer and fall of 2023, community members can participate in free workshops by urban farmers and artist organizers, witness performances by teens in public spaces, and attend a dedication revealing new public artwork.

Our Land, Our Movement is Porch Light’s signature project in collaboration with the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disABility Services (DBHIDS). This is the first of a three-part series inspired by the DBHIDS Comprehensive TEC Plan, which works to address trauma, achieve equity and engage community. Hemmings’ project is rooted in addressing trauma, and subsequent signature projects will focus on equity and community.


Site Leaders: Malik Henry, Ambrose Liu, Stanley Morgan, Mark Smith, Laurel Sweeney
Builders and Designers: Max Brown, Home Build Collective, Sin Weng
Chaperones: Kaylah Lee, Tykira Mitchell, AJ Wilmore
Installation and Performance Assistants: Tajah Ebram, Caitlin Green, Yvonne Lung, Katie Rose Davis
Teen Performers: Khepri Amunet Wiley, Anthony Brock III, Miranda Gao, Janya Graham, Compton Griffith Bixler, Tysean Holmes, Zaacarra Johnson, Amya Lee, Vivian Ma, Nora Wu, Shirley Zhang


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