How We Play – New exhibit explores how play takes shape in our lives

For Immediate Release: April 9, 2019

Media Contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; mindy.linetzky@sfpl.org

How We Play

New exhibit explores how play takes shape in our lives  

SAN FRANCISCO, CA– A unique photography exhibition, How We Play, opens on Saturday, April 20 in the San Francisco Public Library’s Jewett Gallery at the Main Library. The exhibition, by photographer Jarrel Phillips, explores how play takes shape in our lives and the power within it. Through photography and personal and cultural experiences of children, adults, artists and circus performers, How We Play explores the existence and significance of play beyond childhood to adulthood; the stage of life where society often deems play unnecessary and unproductive.

The engaging photographs explore different games and activities, as well as the circus, music, dance and capoeira – an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music.  The exhibition is intended for everyone— young and old, educators, innovators, organizers, leaders, business professionals, and so forth.

On April 21 Phillips will talk about his photos and share his view on play and his favorite play activities from around the world during the opening event in the Koret Auditorium at the Main Library.

“Everyone and everything plays. It is in our nature to do so and it is not limited by age or form. Play is all around us. It is a lifestyle. How we play – is how we live,” explains Phillips. “The community and culture found in art forms such as circus, dance and capoeira are only modest examples of what we can create if we choose to and are used as examples in this exhibition to further explore how play can manifests itself if we allow it. We create our worlds and we make our living because we are the artists and the players. I believe that if play were given the social and cultural significance it deserves, our lives as we know it, would not and could not be the same.”

Jarrel Phillips is a San Francisco educator, journalist, curator and performing artist. Phillips uses film, photography, writing and movement as mediums for sharing, connecting and documenting stories. His work emphasizes folkloric arts and oral storytelling, especially within the African diaspora and its global presence and influence. Phillips explores heritage, values and community through a social-cultural lens. He pulls from his own life experiences as a San Francisco native and world traveler. He believes our individual and collective stories build bridges across cultures and communities and spark dialogue that inspires personal and collective growth and transformation. Learn more about his work at www.avesidea.org.

Exhibition: How We Play– April 20 – August 11, 2019, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., Jewett Gallery, lower level

Opening Event with Photographer Jarrel Phillips – Sunday, April 21, 1 p.m., Main Library, 100Larkin St., Koret Auditorium

The exhibition is funded by Friends of San Francisco Public Library.

About San Francisco Public Library  

San Francisco Public Library is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent learning and the joys of reading for our diverse community. The library system is made up of 27 neighborhood branches, the San Francisco Main Library at Civic Center and four bookmobiles.