NYRB: Puerto Rico’s DIY Disaster Relief

The efforts of the islanders are matched by help from the diaspora of which I am part. In the Bronx, a Puerto Rican boxing gym and cultural center named El Maestro has collected and distributed a hundred tons of aid. On one of the gym’s walls is a mural celebrating the independence fighters: Lolita Lebrón, the Macheteros, Ramón Emeterio Betances, Pedro Albizu Campos. Organizers for the New York arts collective DefendPR have toured the island with solar-powered movie screenings, and are helping rebuild the Paloma Abajo neighborhood in Comerio.

Read the full article here: http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2017/11/17/puerto-ricos-diy-disaster-relief/

New print in the shop: JIBARO SOY PUERTO RICO

Jibaro Soy print, limited edition of 25.
Printed in archival ink on heavyweight acid-free fine art paper. 17″x22″

Half the proceeds go towards supporting Proyecto de Apoyo Mutuo Mariana, which provides daily free meals, children’s classes, wifi and a weekly health clinic to Barrio Mariana, a small town in Eastern Puerto Rico.

Print is available here in the shop.

In the Land of Vendettas That Go On Forever

New Article by Amanda Petrusich, Illustrated by Molly in this month’s VQR, online and in print. 

Here, justice works like this: When a man is murdered, his family avenges his death by similarly executing either the killer himself or a male member of his clan. Sometimes, after a killing has been successfully vindicated, the feud is settled. Other times, the head of the family that initiated the feud, while admitting both sides are now ostensibly “equal,” nonetheless chooses to perpetuate the cycle by killing a second male from the avenging family. “In this way the feud might rage backwards and forwards for years or even generations, each family being in turn murderer and victim, hunter and hunted,”

– Amanda Petrusich

Full article here: http://www.vqronline.org/reporting-articles/2017/10/land-vendettas-go-forever

 

We Are America. Immigrants Are Us.

Molly, Kim Boekbinder, and Jim Batt partnered with the Human Rights Watch and Samantha Bee in anew animation to explain why deporting immigrants makes America neither greater nor safer.

A year after a U.S. election marred by divisive rhetoric, thousands of families have been torn apart and millions are living in fear because of cruel and ineffective immigration policies. Every day, people who call the United States home – including the parents and spouses of U.S. citizens, tax-paying employees, and respected community members – are arrested, locked up, and deported, under laws that treat their deep and longstanding ties to this country as a thing of no consequence.

Full accompanying article here on Huffington Post.

No Borders Mural in Phildelphia

Molly has just finished installation of her most recent mural this time in the Fishtown neighnorhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The painting, titled No Borders,  features a woman with monarch butterflies in her hair and flying around her – monarch butterflies being a widely used symbol for immigration given their annual migration from south to north.

If you are in the area, the mural is located at the intersection of W Oxford St. and N Front St.

 

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Words Without Borders 2017 Gala

November 1st at Tribeca Three Sixty at 6pm

Molly will be helping host the annual Words Without Borders Globe Trot gala tomorrow and we encourage all who can to buy a ticket and join us in supporting this great organization. 

Words without Borders promotes cultural understanding through the translation, publication, and promotion of the finest contemporary international literature. Our publications and programs open doors for readers of English around the world to the multiplicity of viewpoints, richness of experience, and literary perspective on world events offered by writers in other languages. We seek to connect international writers to the general public, to students and educators, and to print and other media and to serve as a primary online location for a global literary conversation.

More info and tickets for the event here: http://www.wordswithoutborders.org/dispatches/article/meet-the-writers-hosting-the-2017-wwb-gala

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Event at Bluestockings Bookstore NYC

Friday October 27th at 7pm  – 172 Allen St NYC

Molly will be speaking with Wendy Pearlman, author of the new book We Crossed A Bridge and It Trembled: Voices From Syria Friday night at Bluestockings Bookstore. 

In this special book event, Pearlman will be discussing her book with the Molly  and the two will share stories about their respective work related to Syria and reflect on how art and writing can serve in solidarity with struggles for freedom and justice.

From 2012 to 2016, Wendy Pearlman interviewed over 300 Syrian refugees across the Middle East and Europe, collecting testimonials from ordinary people transformed by revolution, war, and displacement. Her new book WE CROSSED A BRIDGE AND IT TREMBLED: VOICES FROM SYRIA tells the story of Syria exclusively through these intimate, first-hand narratives. The book forms a testament not only to the power of storytelling, but also to the resilience of those who face darkness with courage, hope, and conviction.

More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1854458604868650/?active_tab=about

 

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#NoMuslimBanEver – DC Protest

Today (October 18th 2017) Amplifier, MPower Change, CAIR, ACLU’s People Power, MoveOn, Oxfam, and others, came together along with hundreds of protesters to march upon DC in protest of the Trump Administration’s Muslim Ban.  Molly worked with  Amplifier to create these posters that were made freely available to all who showed up.  The posters are still free to download and print on the Amplifier site here.

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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

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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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