Gay Art Philadelphia

The work of gay artist Francesc Ruiz explores urban subcultures to create social commentaries. For Philagrafika 2010, Ruiz created an installation resembling a Philadelphia newsstand, containing more than a dozen magazine covers addressing different attitudes and aspects of the city. The work is all the more impressive when you consider that Ruiz spends most of his time in Berlin and Barcelona, Spain.

From his home in Spain, Ruiz discussed how he became acquainted with Philadelphia gay art in order to create his installation.

PGN: Have you ever been to Philadelphia?

FR: I spent 12 days in Philly last October. It was my first time and it was coinciding with the World Series. I was kind of shocked because everybody was wearing Phillies caps with the embroidered white "P." That reminded me of the excitation that we had last year with our soccer team in Barcelona. Sports can unify people in a very special way.

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