Immigrant Artists Exchange: Discussing the Locality

In conjunction with the “Community of Images” exhibition, join us on April 20, 2024, at Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia for a discussion between Colombian-born photographer Idalia Vasquez-Achury and Indonesian dancer/community advocate Sinta Penyami Storms where they will explore what it means to make art across nationalities, racial identities, and diasporic communities.

Some artists featured in the “Community of Images” exhibition were Japanese expatriates in America. Navigating a complex landscape of dislocation and new connections is a common experience among immigrant artists working outside their homelands. That experience of otherness and of cultural exchange is one of the essential threads that will be explored by the exhibition.

April 20, 2024
Fleisher Art Memorial
719 Catherine St, Philadelphia / Google Maps >>

Admission to this program is free, but advance registration is requested.

This program is presented as part of the upcoming exhibition “Community of Images: Japanese Moving Image Artists in the US, 1960s–1970s” which will take place June 14–August 9, 2024, at the Philadelphia Art Alliance. Visit the Exhibition Website >>

About the Artists

Idalia Vasquez-Achury

Idalia Vasquez-Achury

Idalia Vasquez-Achury is a Colombian born photographer who resides and works in Philadelphia, PA. Through photography, large-scale photographic installations, and artists books, she explores both the dynamism and fragility of the contemporary diasporic experience. Her work also integrates memories of her childhood in Colombia to explore their traces (both joyful and painful) in her mind and in her body. Her monumental photographic installations take a sculptural life that confront us with our own identity. Idalia Vasquez-Achury obtained a BA in graphic design in Bogotá, Colombia. In the United States, she received a BFA in photography at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, as well as an MFA in photography at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. Currently teaching at Tyler School of Art and Architecture, she is the winner of the 97 th Annual Award in 2023 at the Print Center in Philadelphia. She will have a solo show in July 2024 at the Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia.

Sinta Penyami Storms

Sinta Penyami Storms

As the founder and Artistic Director of MODERO Dance Company, Sinta Penyami Storms elevates the notion of traditional dance to a community-based group. Founded in 2011 in South Philadelphia, Modero’s goal is to preserve traditional Indonesian culture through dance and community involvement. Dance is a way to express joy and tradition. Sinta understood that it was not enough to survive, to get roots in a more universal context. By linking the Indonesian community of Philadelphia with the challenges of local and national immigrants, she started a conversation to promote social justice, race and gender equality. Indonesia, with its 300 years of colonialism, taught her that exoticism is not the way to promote her culture. With the Modero Dance Company, she offers us an example of a community that not only brings people together through an art form but also offers a larger space for a dialog with other communities. Sinta Penyami Storms gives Indonesian Dance Class at Fleisher Art Memorial.


“Community of Images” is co-presented by Collaborative Cataloging Japan and Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia in partnership with the Philadelphia Art Alliance at University of the Arts. Major support has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Toshiba International Foundation, Pola Art Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and Japan Foundation.


Cover Image: Detail of photo documentation, Ko Nakajima, Ryūdōtai Projector, 1969 © Ko Nakajima.

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