Syria in Ink, March 22–April 26

Molly Crabapple & Marwan Hisham: Syria in Ink
March 22–April 26, 2019

Molly Crabapple & Marwan Hisham: Syria in Ink presents vivid images and words of the Syrian conflict and the country’s partial occupation by ISIS, and the besieged consciousness of a young Syrian man finding his voice as a writer. The exhibition includes over fifty original drawings by artist Molly Crabapple and the voice of author and journalist Marwan Hisham. With pen and brush, together they capture Syria from before its precipitous fall to its current state of crisis and mass displacement.

Molly Crabapple and Marwan Hisham: Syria in Ink is curated by Cora Fisher and organized by the Arts & Culture division of the Brooklyn Public Library, BPL Presents. Support for its presentation at Haverford is provided by the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities.

More information at exhibits.haverford.edu/syriainink.

Artist Talk and Opening Reception
Friday, March 22
4:30–7:30 p.m.

Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery
Whitehead Campus Center
Haverford College
370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA 19041
(610) 896-1287

 

‘Whores But Organized’: Sex Workers Rally for Reform

Molly’s latest article for the New York Review of Books, ‘Whores But Organized’: Sex Workers Rally for Reform, is now online. Covering the February 25th rally organized by Decrim NY, Molly reported on and illustrated the sex workers and public officials that showed up to support the decriminalization of sex work.

“I have seen sex workers all of my life,” Jessica Ramos declared. “I have seen them denigrated by neighbors. The answer is always, call the police to fix this. Police do not fix anything.” 

If we are going to combat harm done to the sex worker community, we have to fully decriminalize,” she said, “so we’re creating a space where sex workers can get healthcare, or cooperate with attorneys’ offices to hold those who harm them accountable.”- Queens District Attorney candidate Tiffany Cabán 

Read the full article here

New print in support of Chelsea Manning

 

 

Limited edition prints of Molly’s painting of Chelsea Manning are now available in the shop!

This painting is a collaboration between Molly and Chelsea, and 100$ from each sale will go directly toward Chelsea’s legal defense fund.

Get yours now from https://mollycrabapple.com/shop/ or donate here https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/chelsea-manning-needs-legal-funds-to-resist-a-grand-jury-subpoena?source=direct_link&

Mollys recent trip to India

Last month Molly had the honor of speaking at the ZEE Jaipur Literary Festival in India.  She spoke at both The Travel Panel with Carlo Pizzati, Eliza Griswold, Isabella Tree and Ramita Navai, and at speaking event on Brothers of The Gun with William Sieghart.

She also stopped in to The Bookshop, at Jor Bagh Market in Dehli for a quick for a quick talk and exhibition of her artwork.

Illustrations from Mollys previous trip to India are available now at the store, and if you’re in New York be sure to stop into the Muneca Arthouse in Patchogue to see Mollys original protest art, on display now!

Molly speaking tonight at The New School

Tonight, Monday February 11th at 6:30, Molly will be accompanying Deborah Brown, Julia Farrington, Shawné Michaelain Holloway, and Nancy Schwartzman for a panel entitled “Pervasive and Personal: Observations on Free Speech Online” at Theresa Lang Community Center at The New School. Admission is free, but you will need to register online beforehand. Click here for more info and registration details!

“Technology has linked much of the world together, but in its complexity and ubiquity, technology also has deeply personal qualities. It has helped us build relationships and has become a part of our daily lives, something we carry in our pockets wherever we go. This duality of tech and particularly the Internet—its ability to be vast yet intimate—has enabled people to express themselves in unique ways, but also brought with it some serious challenges. Where open channels into each other’s lives exist, the spread of harassment, abuse and vitriol can be equally pervasive and personal.”

Dead Pig Collector

 

Check out Mollys cover art for the latest book by Warren Ellis, Dead Pig Collector, available now at Subterranean Press.

 

“Mister Sun sees the world in unusual ways—clocking a flight from London to Los Angeles on business at forty thousand seconds, for instance, instead of in terms of hours. But then, he’s in an unusual line of work. His business is death and disposal. Taking a room at his favorite hotel, he ensures all is in order from his latest client. It seems to be…Until he arrives at the intended target’s home to find a different mess to clean up than he expected.”

“Waiting with Immigrants”

Molly latest article “Waiting with Immigrants” is now out in the New York Review of Books. In cooperation with the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, Molly describes some of the challenges faced by immigrants seeking residency and asylum in New York. 

“Most of these people are seeking asylum, fleeing terrible circumstances,” another New Sanctuary volunteer told me, while we waited. “I’m against the way our country is going right now. You feel so helpless. So if there’s even a small thing I can do, I do it. I lived through the Sixties. I thought we’d made all this progress. Now, I just feel like we are losing it all.”

“Madonna in a Fur Coat” review

Molly’s latest piece for the New York Times Book Review was recently published, reviewing the Turkish classic Madonnna In Fur Coat by Sabahattin Ali. 

 

“To those who knew him, Raid Efendi is a nonentity, a German translator as gray as the Ankara building in which he toils. They never suspect he conceals a secret… the diary of a decades-old romance in Weimar Berlin.

An art school dropout whose shyness isolated him from other people, Raid ends up in Germany in 1923 for the same reasons as did the author Christopher Isherwood, who wrote the novel on which “Cabaret” is based. The Reichsmark is worthless. Foreigners can live cheap. At a gallery, Raif spots the self portrait of a beautiful Jewish woman, Maria Puder- the “Madonna in a Fur Coat”- and falls awkwardly, worshipfully in love.

“I had read enough ideas into that pale face to fill a library” Raif thinks, but Maria is no blank page on which to write the hero’s journey. A painter who sings at a cabaret, she is as blunt as Raif is cowering. To her, men “are the hunters, you see, and we their miserable prey. And our duties? To bow down and obey… but we shouldn’t”

“Madonna in a Fur Coat” is the story of two young people finding themselves in each other while the wold hurtles to ruin.

Published in 1943 by Sabahattin Ali, a writer who is believed to have been murdered by the Turkish State, it shows that the doors to freedom slam shut quickly, but are only opened by courage, nonconformity and love.”

2018 Wrap-up!

A lot of very exciting things happened in 2018.  After three years of hard and dangerous work, Molly and Marwan published Brothers of The Gun through Penguin Random House in May. 

The book has been getting amazing reveiws from around the world, is a New York Times Notable book, and was a semifinalist for the National Book award.

 The book tour has taken Molly to speaking events and literary festivals all over the US, and to London, Paris, Istanbul, Delhi and Mumbai. Syria In Ink, an exhibition of the original artwork from the book, opened at the Brooklyn Public Library, with simultaneous exhibits at Amnesty International HQ in London and BANT Havuz in Istanbul. The show is currently on tour.

Life drawings from Mumbai are currently available in the shop!

Molly also did quite a lot of writing for the NY Review of Books including a cover story on refugees, essays on Puerto Rico’s greatest poet Julia De Burgos,  the Turkish invasion of Afrin, and The Jewish Labor Bund, the forgotton Jewish revolutionary party.  She also contributed illustrations for an article by Rohini Mohan about Dehli’s farmer protests, in addition to illustrating a piece about gang violence in El Salvador for The International Crisis Group and contributed drawings to Feeling of Being Watched, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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My first cover story for New York Review of Books, reviewing three new graphic novels about refugees

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Molly also wrote about covered Trump’s manufactured border crisis for Rolling Stone, America’s destruction of Raqqa forThe Guardian, and the murder of Iraq’s instagram queen as well as the potential invasion of Idlib for New York Times.

From “Scenes From an American Trajedy: The Texas Border Crisis” in Rolling Stone
From “If the Regime Comes Here, Everyone Will be Targeted” in The New York Times

Molly illustrated the cover of Pretty Things, her third book cover for french pulp author Virginie Despentes. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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In a collaboration with Ms Saffaa, Molly installed new murals at The Owls Head wine bar in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and in Barrio Mariana, Puerto Rico.

And some of her art was even wheatpasted up around NYC

Molly and the lovely folks at Sharp As Knives also release this video about the money bail industry, narrated by John Legend. They also worked on several short films for Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum.

 

In Jakarta, Molly collaborated the the Indonesian feminist collective House of the Unsilenced to do portraits of refugees and women who had had abortions. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Honored to do this collaboration with @elizavitri for @unsilenced_ . Please read her words

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Molly also translated several “Know Your Rights” pamphlets into Arabic for the DSA and painted a few protest banners

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Me, Mustafa (of Irrelevant Arabs podcast infamy) and a friend translated this know your rights pamphlet for @nycdsa and @newsanctuarycoalition

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Molly spoke at the Chicago Ideas Festival, Tata Literature Live!, the Zee Jaipur literature Festival in Boulder, and will be speaking at the Jaipur Literature Festival in India in January.

There’s a lot to look forward to this year, including the announcement that Molly will be an artist-in-residence at the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU in spring of 2019!

Looking forward to bringing you more art, writing, and resistance in the New Year

New items in the shop, and free mini print all weekend

Our shop page now has a bunch of new items, and all print sales made this weekend will come with this free 8.5×11″ mini print!

In addition to the newly added full-size prints, many of which include donations to some amazing non-profits, we’ve also introduced a Mini-print Mystery Box. Are you brave enough to let Molly choose your prints for you? The Mystery Box includes three mini-prints that span different eras of Molly’s career, but you don’t know what you’ll receive until it arrives. This item is only for the bravest art lovers. Get yours here.

 

Head over to https://mollycrabapple.com/shop/ to see whats new!

 

Tata Literature Live! Festival, Mumbai

Molly will be in Mumbai this week to speak at the ninth annual Mumbai International Literary Festival, AKA Tata Literature Live! Now spanning three different venues across Mumbai, the festival brings together writers and lovers of literature from around the world. Molly will be joining over 100 other writers and speakers for a weekend filed with panels, workshops, and performances.

On November 17th Molly will join Harnidh Kaur, Kalki Koechlin, Richa Kaul Padte and Sunita Wazir for a panel titled “Code of Conduct: The New Rules at Work”

November 18th Molly will be joining journalist Peter Griffin for a conversation titled “Graphic Journalism: Going Where Words Cannot” at St Pauls Institute of Communication Education.

If you happen to be in Mumbai for Diwali, be sure to check out the tons of events going on at Tata Literature Live!

“The Girl Who Seized The Internet” in the New York Times

“Tara Fares has more honor than the members of Parliament and the Iraqi politicians. Because Tara doesn’t swear at people. Tara doesn’t speak in sectarian language. Tara doesn’t suck the blood of the Iraqi people.”

Molly’s latest article “The Girl Who Seized the Internet” has been published in the New York Times. This piece tells the story of Tara Fares, popular Instagram model and Miss Bagdad 2015, who was murdered recently. To learn more about Ms. Fares’ life and bold social media presence in Iraq, be sure to check out the full article here.

“Violent patriarchy may have killed Iraq’s Instagram queen, but in her brief, vivid life, she seized the internet’s possibilities for self-determination. In her death, she remained an irresistible icon.”

 

Recent press for Brothers of the Gun

In addition to having been longlisted for the National Book Award, Brothers of the Gun is continuing to receive some wonderful reviews from all over the world. 

The New York Times recently reviewed several illustrated pieces including Brothers of the Gun for an article entitled “Comics of Violence and Nostalgia from War-Torn Syria”. Be sure to take a look and see some more complex and creative opinions about the Syrian war.

Middle East Eye profiled Marwan for this piece, “The road from Raqqa: A Syrian author lives to tell his tale” where he speaks about collaborating with Molly, and the effects the war has had on him saying “War brings out the best and the worst in people. It is indeed a process of extraction. Only in the imponderable calamity of war one learns what he is truly capable of.”

1843, The Economists’ magazine about culture and ideas, featured Brothers of the Gun in it’s book review “Coming of Age in Syria” saying about the risks that were taken to write the book; “The danger and defiance of Hisham’s and Crabapple’s work only adds to the excitement of reading this dazzling, evocative account of innocence and survival.”

Hong Kong Free Press included Brothers of the Gun in its most recent list of “Best Human Rights Books“, saying “Hisham’s story gives as vivid a sense as any of what it has been like to live through it.” If you’re looking for more amazing literature about human rights, this list is definitely worth looking at.

Brothers of The Gun is available now on amazon and through many major booksellers.

 

Molly speaking at Chicago Ideas Week

Next Monday Molly will be speaking at Chicago Ideas Week. She’ll be joining former Mayor of New Orleans Mitch Landrieu, activist David Hogg and several other esteemed activists and entrepreneurs for a panel entitled “Raising Your Hand: What leadership looks like in 2017.” The panel will take place Monday, October 15th at the Harris Theater in Chicago. Tickets are $15, and there are plenty of other fascinating events throughout the week-long the festival. Get your tickets here.

“As the country faces a dearth of leadership from more traditional sources, “accidental leaders” are stepping up and sparking change, often in unexpected ways. At this Talk, a collection of inspiring forerunners will share their personal narratives, and explain what happened when leadership opportunities were thrust upon them. There is a case to be made that the country is in need of a new generation of people in power who are not afraid to challenge the status quo. At this event, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from four people who are quickly becoming the faces of that generation.”

-Chicago Ideas Week on the “Raising Your Hand” panel 

 

“My Great-Grandfather the Bundist”

“There is a myth that, before Israel, Jews did not fight. Even Hannah Arendt, making her controversial claim that Jewish leadership collaborated across the board with Nazis, falls into this error. The Bund, the elected leadership of Europe’s largest Jewish community, fought from the first day of the occupation to the last.”

 

After a year of research and hard work, this long form article on the history of the Bund, a jewish, armed, socialist, anti-zionist group, and Molly’s great-granfathers involvement within the movement, is finally available. 

“Though the Bund celebrated Jews as a nation, they irreconcilably opposed the establishment of Israel as a separate Jewish homeland in Palestine. The diaspora was home, the Bund argued. Jews could never escape their problems by the dispossession of others. Instead, Bundists adhered to the doctrine of do’ikayt or “Hereness.” Jews had the right to live in freedom and dignity wherever it was they stood.”

Check out the full article here, at the New York Review of Books.

Molly speaking at Montclair Art Museum

This Thursday, October 4th at 7pm Molly will be joining journalist Murtaza Hussain for a discussion about Brothers of the Gun, recently longlisted for the National Book Award. This talk will be one of the many events at Montclair Art Museums ‘Free First Thursday Nights’ series, in addition to a community conversation about artist Kara Walker, docent-led tours of the museum, life drawing sessions, live music, food vendors and a few other exciting events. 

 

Admission is free and the event is from 5-9. Visit the website of the Montclair Art Museum here for more information.

 

Brothers of the Gun longlisted for National Book Award

Brothers of the Gun has been longlisted for the most prestigious literary award in America, the National Book Award. Molly and Marwan would like to congratulate their fellow longlisted authors; Dunya Mikhail, Rebecca Solnit, Steve Coll, and Tayari Jones. Thank you to everyone who has bought the book so far, and The National Book Foundation for this incredible honor.

You can read more about the other books on the longlist here.

Molly and Marwan collaborate for New York Times article about Idlib, Syria

“If the Regime Comes Here, Everyone Will Be Targeted”

By Molly Crabapple and Marwan Hisham

The province of Idlib is the last rebel-held area in Syria. They’re currently bracing for the impending regime invasion that is expected to cause mass destruction and civilian casualties. Molly and Marwan spoke to three citizens of Idlib who described the fear they live in for the New York Times. 

Read the full article and see all of Molly’s illustrations here

“We fall asleep to the roar of fighter planes. We wake up to the same sound in fear. It is very difficult to worry all the time about my children. Everyone is talking about the offensive. We are going to flee and become homeless. If we stay, the regime is going to arrest my sons, if only because they have been dodging the draft for years.”

“We have been living here for years with aerial bombing, but now, if the regime advances, there is no other option for me but crossing into Turkey. I have to save my family. All we want is to stay in our homes and live our lives.”

“We fear nobody would be spared in Idlib.”

If you’re interested in another great collaboration between Molly and Marwan, their book “Brothers of The Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War” is available now.