—>This podcast was originally published Feb. 14, 2011, following our interview with Daniel Traub at The Print Center where he had a show of his photographs. Daniel’s film, with Glenn Holsten, The Barefoot Artist, a documentary on Daniel’s mother Lily Yeh, debuted at the Philadelphia Museum of Art last night. The auditorium was jammed, every seat taken, and the moving story of Lily Yeh’s complicated life and inspired projects with underprivileged communities is beautiful, moving and a must see–we hope it gets another screening soon!–the artblog editors————->
Daniel Traub’s photographs of overgrown lots in North Philadelphia where rowhouses once stood have a mournful feel. In Traub’s photos, on view at the Print Center until March 5, 2011, indomitable nature grows up tall where people once lived. But the works are not so much about the man-nature struggle in the built environment. They’re more about entropy and the way things are, the rub of time and place. Traub spent the last nine years in China where he observed the building boom of gated communities rising next to shanty towns. He talked with us about Philadelphia and China and about growing up with parents who are both activists. Lily Yeh, his mother, founded the Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philadelphia. David S. Traub, his father, is an architect active in historic preservation.
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