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COMPLEXION: DARK was selected to be part of The Woodmere Art Museum's 76th Annual Show running from June 3 - September 4  2017. Juror, Harry Philbrick, founder of Philadelphia Contemporary, invited artists to submit work that contends with the importance of art in an era of heightened political uncertainty . . . work that give sresonance to the phrase “Speaking truth to power.”     

Says Philbrick on Complexion Dark:

Costanzo's film examines immigration through the lens of her grandfather and his experience coming to the United States. By including the voices of refugees and immigrants who are living today, the work compares what it’s like to be a refugee now with what it was like in the case of her grandfather, to be an immigrant from Italy in the 1920s. It reminds us that most of us in this country are immigrants, and the stories behind that are deeply personal and rooted in our families’ narratives.

COMPLEXION: DARK was selected to be a part of the Fall 2017 "Docs Without Borders Film Festival, winning the "Kudos Endeavor Award."  Docs Without Borders Film Festival is an online film festival dedicated to documentaries and docu-dramas only.   Docs Without Borders Film Festival

COMPLEXION: DARK was part of the Philadelphia Fringe Film Festival event, "Migration" at 3rd Street Gallery. Migration featured Carol Wisker's month-long art installation, "Left Behind," as well as a special evening of Film + Poetry on September 18, 2017.  Along with the film's showing were special guest poets, Cindy Arrieu-King, Emari Di Giorgio, and Jade Fleming with work that focused on the theme of immigration, migration and ancestry within the United States.

3rd Street Gallery 


Coffee + Politics are monthly salons sponsored and hosted by members of the Elections Committee of Philly Up, a grassroots group of passionate Philadelphia progressives.  C + P are scheduled every month in a variety of Philadelhia neighborhoods with topics ranging from how to understand the election process and who's running for office, to finding funding sources for local education, sustaining civic engagement in the election process, and government in general.   

Coffee + Politics: Fishtown Part II


My Ancient Land was a three-city exhibition — Barcelona, Vina del Mar, and Philadelphia — of work inspiried by classical composers of her homeland, Chile, South America.  The series expresses her visual inspiration of the composers who represent the "classical musical voice of Chile."  Her paintings are dynamic, vibrant, and expressive works of art convey the deep love of her native land and her understanding of the magic of the compositions.

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