For his solo exhibition at Lord Ludd, Curtis Talwst Santiago created a new site-specific installation that explores the history of Market Street in Philadelphia, where the gallery is located. Comprised of his signature miniature dioramas, the artist’s mode of site-specific historical realism has particular resonance in the city, home to the American painters Henry Ossawa Tanner and Thomas Eakins. Talwst’s “timeline” begins with a pristine, prehistoric riverine landscape of the Nanganesey, the Lenape name for present day Mill Creek. The sequence touches on Pre-Columbian daily life, Philadelphia’s central role in the American Revolution, and the city’s major slave market, once sited just down the road at the corner of Front Street on the banks of the Delaware. It ends in the present moment with a vignette of a homeless black man asleep on a bench.
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