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.
I’m happy to announce that I participated in a second RSA animated short. It’s entitled “How to find your element” and is about how finding one’s passion and true purpose in life is essential to human flourishing.
Based on the words of Sir Ken Robinson, he narrates, I illustrated, Keith Jenson filmed, and the always amazing Jim Batt brought it all together with his animation talents.
Have you been waiting to see I Have Your Heart on the big screen? Now’s your chance! Catch the New York premiere at the Lower East Side Film Festival, Monday, June 17th.
Directed by Jim Batt
The story of a good girl with a bad heart, and the boy whose death will save her life.
Told through darkly whimsical stopmotion, the film is a tale about love, loss, and open‐heart surgery.
L.E.S* Film Festival
June 17th (Animation Night) 8-10 pm
32 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003
June 19th (Twisted Love Night) 7:00 pm
New York, NY 10002
Artists too have their myths. The lies told to artists mirror the lies told to women. Be good enough, be pretty enough, and that guy or gallery will sweep you off your feet, to the picket-fenced land of generous collectors and two-and-a-half kids. But, make the first move, seize your destiny, and you’re a whore. - “Filthy Lucre”, my latest for VICE, on money and meritocracy
Loyalty is life and death for soldiers. But like courage, it’s a morally neutral virtue. Its morality depends on how you view the cause it serves. Like any whistleblower, Manning may have betrayed his institution, but he did so out of loyalty to humanity.
I’m reviving my mailing list with a shiny new redesign and starting to update it with exclusive content on my latest projects, discounts for the store and more. You can sign up via this link:
Signing up will also get you 10% off any order in my store.
Adding to the celebration, I’m also releasing a limited edition t-shirt based on my “Fuck You” print.
The shirts are available in men’s and women’s sizes, printed in Brooklyn in water-based silkscreen inks on 100% cotton Tultex tees. The pre-order will run until June 15th, after which I’ll send the orders to print, sign and number each shirt in the batch and then these will be the only ones in existence!
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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