I’m pleased to announce that I have been shortlisted for the 10th annual Frontline Club Awards for my “It Don’t Gitmo” article with VICE. The Frontline Club Awards recognise emerging talents and established names for outstanding work, in print, broadcast and photojournalism. The 2013 awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 24 October 2013, which I’ll be flying out to attend.
In collaboration with KGB’s True Story nonfiction reading series, Blunderbuss Magazine invites you to explore the state of social movements two years after the rise of Occupy Wall Street. With Molly Crabapple, authors Mark Bray, Michael Gould-Wartofsky, and Nathan Schneider, and journalist Anna Lekas Miller.
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
7 – 9 pm
85 E. 4th St., NYC – btw Bowery & 2nd Avenue
Thank you to everyone who came out to see me talk at the Berkman Luncheon series of Art in the Ubiquitous Age at Harvard University! If you were unable to make it or view the live webcast, they have uploaded video of the talk so you can view above or go to their website to download it in high res, as an mp3, and more.
My framed, original pen and ink painting from The Box is currently at auction to support Groundswell (groundswellmural.org) and its work to bring together artists, youth, and community organizations to use art as a tool for social change. Online bidding is currently live. Please check it out. The bidding runs until October 7th at 9pm EST.
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Our pre-order for the No Other Troy black on charcoal grey hoodie is ending on Oct 1st at noon EST. Once the pre-order is closed there will be no further hoodies printed, so please make sure that you pick yours up today! We recently expanded the sizes to 2xl & 3xl for men’s and women’s – if you don’t see them in the dropdown, you can leave a note to us & we’ll make sure to print the correct size. The hoodies are printed on Anvil fashion cut medium weight hoodies and will be shipped out on October 15th!
Two hundred years ago, artists had the monopoly on image making. Now, every parade or disaster is accompanied by ten thousand twitpics. In a world where mobile technology has made images instantaneous and ubiquitous, what does visual art have left to say? Drawing on her experiences doing illustrated journalism around Guantanamo Bay and the Greek economic crisis, Molly Crabapple speak about the role of art in a world captured by a million cameras.
The event is on Oct 1st at 12:30pm at the Berkman Center, 23 Everett St, 2nd Floor. There will also be a live webcast for those of you who cannot attend in person. You can RSVP on the event page.
On Saturday, September 21st, I’ll be in Portland, OR attending XOXOFest. XOXO is an experimental festival celebrating independently produced art and technology and I’ll be giving a short talk on art, journalism and Kickstarter.
Later that day, I’ll be on LiveWire Radio’s next live show at the Alberta Rose Theatre along with a diverse cast of incredibly interesting people. Tickets are still available, doors are at 6:30pm. I hope you can make it!
Guantanamo is the world’s most notorious prison, but we see the detainees’ lives as if through dark water. To know them, we have a few leaked assessments, a few administrative review board transcripts— some tribunal president telling a British prisoner “I don’t care about international law.” The rest sinks into classification. In Gitmo, even the library stamps are secret.
-No One Reads Kafka in Gitmo: Passing Time in the World’s Most Notorious Prison, on Medium.com
I’m pleased to announce that I will be featured in the upcoming book, Wild Art!
Wild Art is a visual exploration of everything and anything from outside the exclusive and rarefied spectrum of the ‘Art World’.
It will present a highly illustrated account of the most exciting examples of the vast multitude of ‘other’ art worlds – mostly left unmentioned within the professional art literature – that proliferate outside the boundaries of the Art World. The art that most professionals – art critics, art historians, artists, auctioneers, collectors and dealers tend to ignore.
At its heart, this book raises the question of what constitutes ‘art’ by celebrating the artists and art forms that are usually ignored by the art establishment.
The Joint Task Force offers journalists a carefully choreographed tour—the point of which is to show that the Bad Old Gitmo of public perception is not Gitmo Now.
Bad Old Gitmo existed from approximately 2002-2007. Its orange jumpsuits, water-boarding, detainees sleeping in what Granger, who served at Guantanamo in 2002, gleefully described as “dog kennels.” Its guards pummeling prisoners in revenge for September 11. Bad Old Gitmo, like so many icons of the Bush era, is Not Humane.
Americans see bogeymen in orange jumpsuits—not men with PTSD, favorite soccer teams and back problems; families and dreams; loves and legitimate hates.
For a journalist, trying to piece together the life of a Guantanamo detainee involves staring into the bureaucratic unknown. You have JTF-GTMO assessments, filled with feverish claims and torture-induced accusations.
…I think that when a lot of journalists go down to Guantanamo – and everyone that I was with was an amazing journalist. They’re much more traditional journalists and they write about the details of the trial. They do investigative stuff about, like, who’s hunger-striking. They speak to the lawyers. They speak to the Guantanamo spokespeople. But they don’t really write about what the experience of covering it is like. And I felt like that could be my contribution, that I wasn’t taking myself out of it like a traditional journalist would, but rather I was trying to bring the reader there with me so that the reader would understand what it felt like to be in Guantanamo.
Free Barrett Brown and the Jeremy Hammond Defense Committee are collaborating to produce a night to jointly raise funds for the legal expenses of these two prominent internet activists. All proceeds will be split evenly between the two and will directly benefit barrett’s legal team and jeremy’s jail support fund.
This is a fundraiser event and variety show with notable speakers, musical performances, and the auctioning of items. Barrett Brown and Jeremy Hammond, whose cases are connected, are known for exposing the illegal private spying done by Stratfor, and for their association with Anonymous. Barrett faces up to 105 years in prison and is awaiting trial, while Jeremy faces up to 10 years after taking a non-cooperating plea agreement.
I’m donating two prints for the event, portraits of Barrett and Jeremy. If you’re in NYC and can attend, please come out.
– When: Monday, August 19th 2013 – 6PM to 11PM.
– Where: ThoughtWorks NYC – 99 Madison Avenue, 15th Floor.
– Max capacity : 80 people. Admission : $20 minimum.
Molly Crabapple got kicked out of school and learned to draw in Paris. She gave Occupy Wall Street artistic expression with the political paintings in her show “Shell Game” — Matt Taibbi called her “Occupy’s greatest artist”— and she was the third artist to ever visit Guantánamo Bay, where she’ll return at the end of August. Crabapple has also written for Vice about everything from anti-social behavior to her abortion. Now she’s signed a book deal with Harper Collins to write and illustrate a memoir, Drawing Blood, to be published in 2015.
“Manning will be in prison for the rest of his life. But the old world has not won. The leaks will never end. Snowden was inspired by Manning. Someone else will be inspired by Snowden. Each whistleblower learns from the last.”
It Don’t Gitmo Better Than This: My longread for Vice magazine is now live.
Camp X-Ray has been abandoned for over a decade. Birds nest on the razor wire. Vines have overtaken the cages. With the breeze and butterflies, one could think it is just a still-standing reminder of a shameful past. For the current prisoners who passed through X-Ray, it is still part of their reality. They may have left, but they are not free.
You can read in full about my trip to Guantanamo Bay in their print magazine and online at Vice.com
The Bradley Manning Truth Brigade: In Ft. Meade, VA, I have been sitting in the court room for Bradley Manning’s trial, drawing and writing to cover the verdict.
The most important whistleblower of the century stood accused of treason. But the trial’s environs had none of the grandeur of Manning’s revelations. Fort Meade, Maryland, home of the NSA and other defense agencies, is an unlovely suburb with vinyl siding, twee lampposts and trivia night at the bowling lanes. The military court only holds about 50, with overflow trailers for the public and the press. Misdemeanor court has more mystique.
Only the guards hinted that the proceedings were special. They carried enough ammo to turn every Manning supporter present into a fine red mist.
I’m pleased to announce that I just signed a deal with Harper Collins for an illustrated memoir, Drawing Blood. It will cover my start as a model, fire eater and portraitist to my new work chronicling of protest movements.
Photographer Eden Nova has been an important part of the Shell Game show, shooting the load in and load out at Smart Clothes gallery and all the inbetweens. She recently sent me this collection of gorgeous photos from the show.
Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer in New York. Called "An emblem of the way art can break out of the gilded gallery" by the New Republic, she has drawn in Guantanamo Bay, Abu Dhabi's migrant labor
camps, and with rebels in Syria. Crabapple is a columnist for VICE, and has written for publications including The New York Times, Paris Review, and Vanity Fair. Her illustrated memoir, Drawing Blood, will be published by Harper Collins in 2015. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.
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