How One Small Town In Puerto Rico Found Food And Community After Maria

I visited the village of Mariana, where two friends have brought the community together to cook for and support each other in the wake of the hurricane.

The municipal government did not visit Mariana until September 30, 10 days after Maria. A truck pulled up at the bottom of the hill, and when people spent their scarce gas to drive down to it, they were handed two small bottles of water, a tin of Virginia sausages, a Nutri-Grain bar, and a pack of tropical Skittles. More aid, in the form of MREs and water delivered by the military and the FBI, would not arrive again until October 8.

Full article here: https://www.buzzfeed.com/mollycrabapple/how-one-small-town-in-puerto-rico-found-food-and-community?utm_term=.yyB6qVboPd#.bsGWXVBjvQ

October Events

Saturday October 14th: The Artist’s Eye

Brooklyn Museum of Art, 5th Floor, 2:00–3:00 p.m
Part of a series of intimate, in-gallery talks by contemporary artists which illuminate the museum’s special exhibitions with fresh and alternative perspectives. Molly will be responding to the current exhibition – Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo.

Tickets are $16 and include Museum admission. Members receive 10% off. 

Sunday October 15th: WTF DO WE DO NOW!?!

Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street  10am – 7pm
Pioneer Works, Creative Time, and the Yes Men are proud to announce WTF Do We Do Now?, a one-day gathering with open forums, town hall meetings, and small-group dialogues. Molly will be in the fellow company of such guest speakers as Frances Fox PivenAvram Finkelstein, and more.

Admission is free with registration, here.

Tuesday October 17th: The Art of Revolution and Protest

Festival of Ideas at the University of Bristol, Wills Memorial Building, 18:15-19:15
This event is one of six University of Bristol art lectures taking place in 2017. The concepts of ‘art’ and ‘revolution’ intersect in many and various ways. Molly will be kicking off the series with her talk about the role of contemporary art as weapon of protest and revolution

Registration and more info here.

UPDATE: The lecture at Bristol has been moved to a larger venue. If you were previously unable to register, tickets are now available again here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/molly-crabapple-the-art-of-revolution-and-protest-tickets-37126141288

Thursday October 19th: Rebuilding Syria’s Cities for All
A Conversation with Marwa al-Sabouni and Molly Crabapple

Festival of the Future City, Arnolfini Center for Contemporary Art 6pm – 7pm
Marwa al-Sabouni runs a private architectural studio in Homs, Syria. She advocates that architecture played a crucial role in the slow unravelling of Syrian cities’ social fabric, preparing the way for once-friendly groups to become enemies instead of neighbours. This conversation will explore the role architecture and the built environment play in whether a community crumbles or comes together, and offers insights on how Syria should be rebuilt.

Registration and more info here.

 

 

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Daniella Rodríguez de Siembre Tres Vidas

 

“This is a portrait of Daniella Rodríguez of Siembra Tres Vidas, a farm in Puerto Rico. I’m a Puerto Rican Jew from New York who hasn’t been back on the island since I was a little girl, but I remember my abuelo cutting sugar cane for me, and the remnants of jibaro — peasant — life, and I wanted a picture that showed a strong woman of the land, the sort of woman who always made la isla verde green.” – Molly

Made for A Growing Culture

 
For thousands of years, farmers have provided humanity with sustenance and nutrition, developing creative and progressive techniques that work with nature, not against it.
Yet our society consistently overlooks and undervalues them in favor of a food system developed and promoted by corporations, not farmers.
Today we say: Enough. We can no longer participate in a system that denigrates farmers, their communities, and their products. Instead, we rise in solidarity with those who feed the world. We stand with farmers and everyone who contributes to a global food supply. And we will stand with them until they are recognized as the leaders they are and returned to their rightful place at the helm of agriculture.

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KARAM House Making-Of

Karam House put together this interview with Molly while she was completing the mural. She talks in depth about her vision for the project, what painting these murals means to her, and the importance of the work done by the Karam House.

Check out detailed photos of the finished work and more examples of Molly’s large scale work on the Installations and Murals Page.

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Profile on Molly and the Bore of Babylon in the New Yorker

Crabapple pointed out the delicate flesh beneath the chin of Wilbur Ross, the Secretary of Commerce. “One of the things I was really having fun with was what I call jowl-tentacle-integration problems,” she said. “I wish there were a wild Kushner and Stephen Miller, but one’s hand gets tired.”

– Charles Shafaieh quoting Molly Crabapple, The New Yorker Sept 4 2017 Issue

A Darkly Surreal Mural of Trump in Queens by Charles Shafaieh – link.

 

A reminder – a great way to support Molly and help her keep doing this kind of work is to purchase limited edition prints in the site store. We still have a few Bore of Babylon prints left available and only 4 deluxe hand-colored Bore of Babylon and His Consorts prints remain.

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Karam House Murals 2017

For the third year in a row Molly has worked with the Karam Foundation to paint murals in schools in Turkey that serve Syrian refugee children and teenagers. This year Molly completed a series of portraits of influential artists and writers at the Karam House including such luminaries as James BaldwinMahmoud DarwishNizar QabbaniNizak al Malaika, Julia de Burgos, George Orwell, Nazik al-AbidGhassan KanafaniZaha HadidAhmed ZewilNelson Mandela,  and Anthony Shadid

 

Video Walkthrough:

 

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About Karam:

The Karam foundation is a very effective non-profit who we have collaborated with and supported many times in the past. For more info or to donate go to their website at: https://www.karamfoundation.org/

 

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Time Marches Forward and So Do We

This new animation is released by the ACLU, drawn by Molly and directed by the wonderful and talented Kim Boekbinder and Jim Batt. Narrated by Emmy award winning actress Laverne Cox.

Only 18 states explicitly and comprehensively protect trans people from discrimination. Many other state lawmakers are focused on targeting us for more discrimination. In 2017, lawmakers in 22 states introduced more than 50 bills restricting the rights of trans people.Even as these lawmakers signal that we are not worthy of protection, we persevere. Most of us have already spent years in dark places wrestling with our truths, feeling ashamed of who we are. But when we manage to survive, and even to love ourselves, we are stronger than ever. Try as they might, these lawmakers cannot erase us. Our rights will be hard won, but we are winning.

Article on the video at TIME.com: http://time.com/4894647/trans-transgender-rights-video/

 

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Interview with NY Times Live on Facebook

See Molly live-draw and flip through her current sketchbooks while talking about art, activism, and getting your start as a young artist. 

View full interview here: https://www.facebook.com/nytbooks/videos/vb.1002391179791389/1590884577608710/?type=2&theater

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This Is Not A Border: Reportage & Reflection from the Palestine Festival of Literature

Molly’s report from Gaza is included in this great new anthology from Bloomsbury press. Available here: https://bloomsbury.com/us/this-is-not-a-border-9781632868848/

About This Is Not A Border

Celebrating the tenth anniversary of PalFest, This Is Not a Border is a collection of essays, poems, and sketches from some of the world’s most distinguished artists, responding to their experiences at this unique festival. Both heartbreaking and hopeful, their gathered work is a testament to the power of literature to promote solidarity and hope in the most desperate of situations.

Other contributing authors include J. M. Coetzee, China Miéville, Alice Walker, Geoff Dyer, Claire Messud, Henning Mankell, Michael Ondaatje, Kamila Shamsie, Michael Palin, Deborah Moggach, Mohammed Hanif, Gillian Slovo, Adam Foulds, Susan Abulhawa, Ahdaf Soueif, Jeremy Harding, Brigid Keenan, Rachel Holmes, Suad Amiry, Gary Younge, Jamal Mahjoub, Molly Crabapple, Najwan Darwish, Nathalie Handal, Omar Robert Hamilton, Pankaj Mishra, Raja Shehadeh, Selma Dabbagh, William Sutcliffe, Atef Abu Saif, Yasmin El-Rifae, Sabrina Mahfouz, Alaa Abd El Fattah, Mercedes Kemp, Ru Freeman.

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The Guardian: This refugee squat represents the best and worst of humanity

Molly’s new opinion piece in the Guardian:

Squats like City Plaza accomplish their work without a cent of government or NGO funding. In contrast, despite the $803m euros that since 2015 have flowed to the Greek government and NGOs to help them deal with the refugee crisis, refugees froze to death in camps last winter. Desperate, several more have tried to burn themselves alive. Even the best camps isolate refugees from cities, keeping them quarantined like carriers of a disease.

-Molly Crabapple, The Guardian, 6/2017

Full Article here: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/23/refugee-squat-city-plaza-greece-best-worst-humanity

YouCaring Page to Support City Plaza:    https://www.youcaring.com/refugeeaccommodationandsolidarityspacecityplaza-716186

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Bore of Babylon Mural in Williamsburg

Molly has finished install the first Bore of Babylon wheatpaste mural in Williamsburg! If you’re in New York go and visit the lovely restaurant Cheeseboat at 80 Berry St. in Brooklyn. 

 

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The Baffler: Hidden Fighters – Remembering America’s black antifascist vanguard

During a June demonstration in Chicago, two young women, one black and one Jewish, chained themselves in front of the Italian consulate; signs that read “Hands off Ethiopia” hung across their chests. A local paper noted that Chicago had denied organizers a permit on the pretext that “Negroes in Chicago had no need to be worried about what was going on over in Europe.” To the city government, black internationalism was a more immediate threat than Fascist Italy.

-Molly Crabapple

Hidden Fighters . The Baffler. June 2017.

Full story here: https://thebaffler.com/salvos/hidden-fighters-crabapple

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