Exclusionary tribalism is making a comeback. In America, the Cheetos Fascist rallies the crowds with promises to Make America Great Again, a feat he intends to accomplish by kicking out Mexicans and Muslims, and kicking black people down. Never mind that his Great America never actually existed. And though the Brexit was a 17.4-million-vote fuck you to David Cameron and the austerity-loving EU, it was also a self-destructive convulsion of xenophobia. Within days, eastern Europeans and people of color reported over a hundred instances of racist abuse. A letter reading “Leave the EU. No more Polish vermin” appeared in the mailboxes of Polish families in Huntingdon. To many Leave voters, taking Britain back meant more than booting out the EU’s technocrats – they wanted to purge their island of foreigners and brown people too.
Molly and frequent collaborator Marwan Hisham are writing and illustrating a book detailing Marwan’s experiences in the Syrian war – from his youth to the Arab Spring to the current ISIS occupation. It will be published by Random House/Penguin’s newly revitalized One World imprint and spearheaded by the brilliant editor Chris Jackson.
For a look at their past collaborations in Vanity Fair please check out the following links to the Vanity Fair Website:
When Love was a sex worker in Hunts Point, she said, police knew where women like her lived, and snatched them whenever they ventured outside—whether they were doing sex work or not. Because many of these women were poor, and some had problems with pimps or addiction, they made deals with prosecutors rather than try to fight. One lawyer familiar with the courts told me that, even in the rare occasions when an undercover officer was caught making a false arrest, he suffered no professional consequences beyond embarrassment.
Molly Crabapple will speak Wednesday at the Frotnline Club to reflect on recent projects and to share her personal insight into the use of art as a tool for better understanding and documenting current events. With US presidential primaries now firmly underway, she will discuss her ongoing work on topical home turf issues including policing and the justice system, as well as her experiences covering the effects of conflict across the Middle East.
This event will be chaired by Natasha Lennard, a British-born, New York-based writer of news and political analysis, focusing on justice, power, biopolitics and dissent. She writes regularly for the Intercept, Fusion and Al Jazeera America, and has written for VICE News, The New York Times, Salon, The Nation and Politico, among others. She is editor-at-large at The New Inquiry journal.
Good friend Rich Clark (@zipyrich) is running a Kickstarter to launch his new comic book, STAR. We’re contributing an ORIGINAL PAINTING of his heroine Star. If you’ve ever wanted to own a Molly Crabapple original and support another amazing artist at the same time – NOW IS YOUR CHANCE!
Every day more bombs fall on the eastern part of Aleppo, the world’s oldest continuously inhabited city, gradually turning neighborhoods into graveyards of rubble and dust. Recently, a member of the Aleppo’s civil defense (also known as the “White Helmets”) told me that airstrikes have targeted the city at least six times a day, concentrating on civil and residential neighborhoods. After bombing runs, he said, planes wait for first responders to gather, then bomb again. This is the notorious “double-tap” strategy that allegedly killed Canadian photojournalist Ali Moustafa and that was used in December against an MSF hospital in Homs.
Read the full article at Vice.com : https://www.vice.com/read/what-life-is-like-inside-the-besieged-war-torn-syrian-city-of-aleppo
CONFRONTING THE POLITICAL
Moderated by Brian Boucher, senior writer, artnet News
Molly will be joined by Kameelah Janan Rasheed(artist, writer, arts editor of SPOOK, and contributing editor of The New Inquiry), Dread Scott(artist), and Hank Willis Thomas(artist).
How do artists engage with today’s most pressing social and political issues? Four hard-hitting artists will touch on issues like the upcoming presidential election, Islamophobia, and Black Lives Matter.
The past is a foreign country, so bring your passports when our Seriously Entertaining literary cabaret embarks from its new berth at Joe’s Pub at the Public. Join the House of SpeakEasy on a journey through memory and experience – what will we find?
Molly will be joined by novelist David Ebershoff, Memoirist George Hodgman, amd Critic & Memoirist Margo Jefferson.
If you are able to attend the exquisite Kala Ghoda Arts Festival in Mumbai next week, Molly will be speaking both on February 7th for Blueprints for a 21st Century Artist and February 9th on the Art and #WW3 panel discussing how art and writing impact politics and current realities.
Blueprints for a 21st century Artist Date: Sunday 7th February Timing: 10.30 am to 1.30 pm. Venue: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sanghralaya (formerly the Prince of Wales Museum), Seminar Room, 1st Floor, East Wing Extension Building, 159-161 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Next to Jehangir Art Gallery
Art and #WW3 — How art and writing impact activism, politics and current realities Date:Tuesday, 9th February 2016 Timing:7:30 to 8:30 pm Venue: David Sassoon Library Garden, 152 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Opposite Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 400 001 Panelists: Molly Crabapple and Raghu Karnad
We’re honored this year to be a part of the Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur, India. Molly will be speaking on multiple occasions during this week-long celebration and if you’re around, here is her schedule:
Thursday, 21st of January from 12:25pm-1.25pm
Drawing Blood- The Narrative Art of Molly Crabapple
Molly Crabapple moderated by William Dalrymple
Located at Mahindra Humanities Durbar Hall In conversation with William Dalrymple, Crabapple offers her own story: an unforgettable memoir of artistic exploration, political awakening, and personal transformation.
Sunday, 24th of January from 12:25pm-1:25pm
Eyeless in Gaza
Laleh Khalili, Omar Barghouti, and Molly Crabapple moderated by Jonathan Shainin
Located at Charbagh Gaza has become synonymous with conflict and pain. Though only 140 square miles, the small territory of Gaza has been a hot spot for bitter disputes between sparring powers over millennia. Wedged between the Negev and Sinai deserts on one side and the Mediterranean Sea on the other, a marginal area neither Israel nor Egypt wanted, at the Palestinian Nakba in 1948, and the creation of the state of Israel, it became home to 200,000 people expelled from their homes. It is here that Palestinian nationalism grew and sprouted into a dream of statehood, an unfinished journey still filled with much pain and strife. Palestinian writers Susan Abulhawa and Omar Barghouti, Founder and Chairman of Forward Thinking, and artist Molly Crabapple to discuss the territory that symbolises all that is most painful in the tragedy of the Palestinians. Moderated by Jonathan Shainin.
Monday, 25th of January from 2:30pm-3:30pm
From Abu Ghraib to Guantanamo
Laleh Khalili in conversation with Molly Crabapple
Located at Baithak
Khalili’s book Time in the Shadows investigates the two major liberal counterinsurgencies of our day: Israeli occupation of Palestine and the U.S. War on Terror. She deftly demonstrates that whatever the form of incarceration—visible or invisible, offshore or inland, containing combatants or civilians—liberal states have consistently acted illiberally in their counterinsurgency confinements. As our tactics of war have shifted beyond slaughter to elaborate systems of detention, liberal states have warmed to the pursuit of asymmetric wars. Ultimately, Khalili confirms that as tactics of counterinsurgency have been rendered more ‘humane,’ they have also increasingly encouraged policymakers to willingly choose to wage wars. Laleh Khalili will be in conversation with radical artist Molly Crabapple.
Molly will also be speaking in:
New Delhi on January 28th at 7pm at the Piano Man Jazz Club.
and in Mumbai as a presenter at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival. She will be presenting her talk “Blueprints for a 21st Century Artist” a 10am on February 7th. and on February 9th at 7:30pm she will be participating in the talk “Art and #WW3”
We hope you can tune in, either in person or by following Molly’s tweets @mollycrabapple.
We asked you to send us pictures from where you were reading and boy did you ever respond. Drawing Blood has reached so many creases, corners, and crevasses of the world – it’s like feeling like a proud parent watching their offspring become an indomitable adventuress.
You sent us #s from…. jury waiting rooms, coffee shops, burlesque clubs, balconies in San Andres, rock concerts, with cats (so many cats!), with dogs, with whiskey (yay whiskey!), with art, in the bath, on rooftops, in firetrucks and in so many more combinations of people, places, and things. We’re honored to have such a creative and well traveled readership.
It was a really hard call but the winner of the #ReadingDrawingBlood contest was….
A big thanks to everyone who entered. We loved seeing your photos and hearing about how much you were enjoying Drawing Blood. Even if the contest is now over feel free to continue tweeting at us and sharing your reading experiences. We’re all horrendous greedy-grubby book-a-vores here.
I started making resolutions as a sullen 11-year-old, whose life could not have been farther from her desires. In my head, I was an artist and writer, drinking bitter coffee in Europe, filling my sketchbooks with the world. My reality was mostly spent in in-school suspension. To keep sane, I began notebooks, full of lists — of languages I’d learn, places I’d go and ways I’d do my hair, once I was out in the vast world beyond childhood.
–Molly Crabapple, A List Maker Attempts the Impossible. New York Times, Dec 30, 2015
I worked on this damn book for two years. It was the hardest, most miserable, isolating, troll-beast making work of my life, but damn.. I killed that word beast dead and now am standing on its suddenly beautiful corpse and I’ll say it.
I wrote a book. 90,000 words. 100+ new drawings. Its out in the world. Its in Athens, Paris, Tehran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, London, The Mechanics Society Library and Chess Room of San Francisco and the Federal Prison System.
I don’t even care if it’s not cool or humble. The book took everything in me. I’m fucking proud.
Typically, by the end of the year I don’t remember much of what happened. Too much work makes time go fast. These blog posts are a sort of reminder that things happened, art got made, whisky drank, dawns met from both sides. Here’s some stuff I did.
I collaborated with Marwan Hisham, a young Syrian journalist, on pieces from Aleppo and Mosul. The first won a Front Page Award
With my friends at the Karam Foundation, covered a refugee school’s library in Reyhanli with swarms of cats. Karam has been doing brave, vital work with Syrian refugees for years. I’m honored to know them
Just a reminder: we’re kicking off the West Coast tour TOMORROW December 14th at the Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle, Washington. Molly will be speaking starting at 7pm and will stick around to sign books and schmooze.
and immediately after – for all you LA residents – Molly will be at The Last Bookstore on Tuesday December 15th at 7pm. This event will feature her in conversation with author Laila Lalami, writer of “The Moor’s Account“.
We’re voracious readers (Molly is a book hoarder extraordinaire) and with that comes the need to find good places to read. We all have our favorites: Molly’s seems to be being curled up like a cat in the corner of her couch, the light from her large dusty windows illuminating the pages.
Where are you going to read your copy of Drawing Blood? In your favorite chair? At a coffee shop? On a bench overlooking the Seine? (If the last: we’re completely green with envy)
We’re holding a contest: anytime this week tell us on twitter where you plan on reading Drawing Blood (bonus points for photos) and hashtag your tweet #ReadingDrawingBlood. We’ll go through and pick our favorites and send one lucky winner a limited edition, signed and numbered giclee print from the book.
This has been an amazing whirlwind of a week. Drawing Blood hit shelves this Tuesday and its been non-stop from there. We had THREE consecutive events in New York, tons of interviews that will be coming out next week, and a press blast full of effusive praise. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites below and encourage you to check them out. We’ll keep you updated as more come out.
AND a shameless last plug: if these reviews haven’t convinced you that Drawing Blood is actually super really an amazing book and thrilling read – I’m not sure what more you need. A cookie? Sorry. Wish we could.
Still one more shameless plug: the above image is an illustration from the book (because hell yes absinthe is an amazing wonderful beverage) and we’ve made it available as a beautiful giclee print in our store. Please check it out along with other images from the book that we’ve made available there.
Every god needs his priesthoods, his churches, his taboos, his talismans. We stood amidst them in Ataturk Airport, with its customs agents, gates, and scanners, holding our passports like supplicants awaiting an audience with the divine. My friend and I hugged goodbye. I waited on the long lines for security that he could not pass through. After I crossed to the other side, he texted me to wish me a safe flight.
-Molly Crabapple, VICE: The Paris Attacks, Refugees, and the Brutal Fiction of Borders, 11/19/2015
Molly Crabapple is an artist, journalist, and author of the memoir, Drawing Blood. Called "An emblem of the way art can break out of the gilded gallery" by the New Republic, she has drawn in and reported from Guantanamo Bay, Abu Dhabi's migrant labor camps, and in Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, the West Bank, and Iraqi Kurdistan. Crabapple is a contributing editor for VICE, and has written for publications including The New York Times, Paris Review, and Vanity Fair. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.