public art

In her site-specific public art commissions (the President’s House [2010], Free Library of Philadelphia- Logan Branch [2016]) and community engagement projects (Elephants on the Avenue: Race, Class, and Community in Historic Germantown [2015-2017]) Ife Nii Owoo has created work that comes from, and inspires, dialogue about suppressed histories, freedom, and African American community visions of, and struggles for, justice. 

 

2010          

The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation,  

Commemorative Site, Independence National Historical Park, Phila. PA

 

2015 - 2017  

Elephants on the Avenue: Race, Class, and Community in Historic Germantown, Pew Center for Arts and Heritage

 

 

2014 - 2017   

Read: A Pathway to Hope, Free Library of Philadelphia, Commission for Logan Branch, Library Foundation and Percent for Art

2018-19  
Ogun & the People.

Site Specific Commission for Kulu Mele's premiere performance on November 30, 2019, installed at Annenberg Theatre.


 

 

Read: A Pathway to HOPE

Read: A Pathway to HOPE

Elephants on the Avenue

Elephants on the Avenue

Elephants on the Avenue

Elephants on the Avenue

Elephants on the Avenue

Elephants on the Avenue

President's House Memorial

President's House Memorial

President's House Memorial

President's House Memorial

President's House Memorial

President's House Memorial

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President's House Memorial

On this project, I researched, developed the concept, wrote content, and created a visual graphic treatment of the slave memorial space that is part of the total commemorative site. I used Adinkra symbol icons and their meanings throughout the slave memorial structure that consisted of a wooden box-like frame that stands in front of the Liberty Bell Pavilion. The symbols were on both sides of the memorial along with famous quotes on freedom written by contemporary and historical African America