Shawn Theodore – “The Avenues”

December 4, 2015 – February 14, 2016
First Friday Receptions: December 4 & February 5 

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xST / Shawn Theodore Artist Statement: 

My photography is a personal reinterpretation of African American existential philosophy (my moniker ‘xST’ which is said as ‘exist’ references this) and serves as a source of affirming, empowering images of everyday Black people to challenge preconceived stereotypes in popular culture. I began shooting street photography in 2008 in NYC, Baltimore, Oakland, Camden, and Philadelphia. I began with photoreportage, yet my vision has evolved over the past 4 years into a more artistically driven expression of street and studio photography techniques.I attended Tyler School of Art with a concentration on Fine Art, and I graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism, PR and Advertising.

Instagram: @_xST

Twitter: @_xST




This event is part of Re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia, the Painted Bride’s project focusing on building an expanded archive of cultural memory that includes multiple histories, re-place-ing the established with new narratives and understandings of Philadelphia. Visit for more information on the project.

Re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.