Allá Abajo (Down Below): A Reaction to Our Times by Ornella Ridone

Friday, May 4th - Sunday, July 8th

All day

Opening Reception: Friday, May 4, 2018; 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Ornella Ridone is a contemporary artist who lives in Oaxaca, Mexico, and is the first recipient of the Julia Zagar Residency for Women Artists. Hosted at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, Ridone’s exhibition will feature over fifty hand-embroidered textiles that will be suspended throughout PMG’s galleries.

The goal of the residency is to support contemporary female artists working in the tradition of handcrafting and folk art, with a particular focus on Mexican and South American artisans. Ridone’s work is heavily influenced by traditional folk art embroidery and her themes revolve around gender narratives and the inner lives of women. The pieces, all sewn on discarded clothing, will feature stories from both Mexican and American residents, and will illustrate the important and complex relationship between the two countries.

In Spring 2017, Ridone travelled to Philadelphia to observe and react to the city, as well as interpret America and its current climate as a whole. She spent two weeks drawing, conversing, and absorbing the culture, then returned to her studio in Oaxaca to translate her experience.

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, Julia Zagar, and Ornella Ridone invite you to explore her installations during a pay-what-you-wish opening reception on Friday, May 4, 2018, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.  This opening will serve as a centerpiece for Mexican Cultural Center’s Mexican Week, which runs May 1 – May 6, 2018. In partnership with the Mexican Cultural Center, PMG will offer free programming to welcome the Mexican community and make the exhibition accessible.