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June 2: Artist Panel & Performance: Yael Ben-Zion’s STILL LIVES

Please join photographer Yael Ben-Zion, and collaborators and artists Marcus Moore, Maaji Newbold, and Michael Deegan, as they engage in a public conversation about the STILL LIVES exhibition. Moderated by Veronica Liu.

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According to a recent report of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are currently more than 550,000 homeless people in the U.S. In New York City, more than 63,000 people are sleeping in shelters every night, a number that almost doubled over the past decade.

STILL LIVES—Yael Ben-Zion’s new exhibition of photographs—questions a society that enables the phenomenon of homelessness to exist and perpetuate.

Through a series of large-format stilllife photographs portraying the objects and belongings of people who have experienced homelessness with whom the artist collaborated, Yael Ben-Zion references the rich tradition of stilllife paintings, in turn hoping to spark a critical dialogue about materialism, how we value objects and human beings, and how perceptions could be challenged.

The ongoing and recent effects of gentrification in Yael’s neighborhood, Washington Heights—and the very real notion that “every New Yorker is one paycheck away from being homeless”—spur questions and assumptions, as a whole community grapples with an issue so local yet so globally persistent.

Collaborators on this project include satirist Marcus Moore, aka The Homeless Poet, an activist and spoken-work artist; Maaji Newbold, an actress with Theatre of the Oppressed NYC; and Michael Deegan, a self-taught painter.

With special thanks to Picture the Homeless, a grassroots organization founded and led by homeless people that is organizing for social justice issues and putting forward an alternative vision of community; NoMAA; and Lantern Community Services.

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Yael Ben-Zion is a New York-based artist whose work often considers the relationship of the personal to the political. Yael was born in Minneapolis, MN and raised in Israel. She is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Yale Law School and the International Center of Photography. Yael’s work has been exhibited in the United States, Europe and Israel is also included in the MTA-Artists Unite Subway Elevator Poster Project. She is the recipient of ICP’s Directors’ Scholarship Award, the International Photography Awards and grants from NoMAA and the Puffin Foundation. Yael’s first monograph, 5683 miles away (Kehrer, 2010), was selected as one of photo-eye’s Best Books of 2010 and for the PDN Photo Annual 2011. It was also a nominee for the German Photo Book Award 2011. Intermarried, her second monograph with Kehrer, was selected for American Photography 30 and featured, among others, in the NY Times Sunday Review, PDN Magazine and the Forward.

Artist Panel: Yael Ben-Zion’s STILL LIVES
Saturday, June 2, 2018
3–5pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New York NY 10032

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May 19: Tools & Tiaras Workshop: Sheet Metal Queen for the Day

Drop by this Tools & Tiaras workshop and learn what sheet metal workers do! Make a crown; all Queens should have a crown. Open yourself up to new experiences. Bring a friend and learn from amazing tradeswomen.

Materials provided. Ages 10 and up.

Tools & Tiaras Inc is a nonprofit that exposes, inspires, and mentors girls and women about the lucrative careers available in the construction industry.

Tools & Tiaras Workshop: Sheet Metal Queen for the Day
Saturday, May 19, 2018
1–3pm
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

May 12: Yael-Ben Zion’s STILL LIVES Exhibition Opening

There will be a panel discussion related to this event on Saturday, June 2 at 3pm.

According to a recent report of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are currently more than 550,000 homeless people in the U.S. In New York City, more than 63,000 people are sleeping in shelters every night, a number that almost doubled over the past decade.

STILL LIVES—Yael Ben-Zion’s new exhibition of photographs—questions a society that enables the phenomenon of homelessness to exist and perpetuate.

Through a series of large-format still-life photographs portraying the objects and belongings of people who have experienced homelessness with whom the artist collaborated, Yael Ben-Zion references the rich tradition of still-life paintings, in turn hoping to spark a critical dialogue about materialism, how we value objects and human beings, and how perceptions could be challenged.

The ongoing and recent effects of gentrification in Yael’s neighborhood, Washington Heights—and the very real notion that “every New Yorker is one paycheck away from being homeless”—spur questions and assumptions, as a whole community grapples with an issue so local yet so globally persistent.

Collaborators on this project include satirist Marcus Moore, aka The Homeless Poet, an activist and spoken-work artist; Maaji Newbold, an actress with Theatre of the Oppressed NYC; and Michael Deegan, a self-taught painter.

With special thanks to Picture the Homeless, a grassroots organization founded and led by homeless people that is organizing for social justice issues and putting forward an alternative vision of community; NoMAA; and Lantern Community Services.

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Yael Ben-Zion is a New York-based artist whose work often considers the relationship of the personal to the political. Yael was born in Minneapolis, MN and raised in Israel. She is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Yale Law School and the International Center of Photography. Yael’s work has been exhibited in the United States, Europe and Israel is also included in the MTA-Artists Unite Subway Elevator Poster Project. She is the recipient of ICP’s Directors’ Scholarship Award, the International Photography Awards and grants from NoMAA and the Puffin Foundation. Yael’s first monograph, 5683 miles away (Kehrer, 2010), was selected as one of photo-eye’s Best Books of 2010 and for the PDN Photo Annual 2011. It was also a nominee for the German Photo Book Award 2011. Intermarried, her second monograph with Kehrer, was selected for American Photography 30 and featured, among others, in the NY Times Sunday Review, PDN Magazine and the Forward.

Yael Ben-Zion’s STILL LIVES Exhibition Opening
Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 3–5pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New York NY 10032

May 5- Book Launch: Vladimir Kašnar’s *Durable Imprints* / *Ustrajni otisci*

Join us for the launch of Vladimir Kašnar’s bilingual poetry book, *Durable Imprints* / *Ustrajni otisci.* Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for sale.

Vladimir Kašnar was born in Zagreb on April 27, 1946. From an early age, along with regular schooling, he studied foreign languages and music. His broad interest in culture continued throughout high school, when he was active in Muzička Omladina (Musical Youth). He graduated from the Classical Gymnasium in Zagreb in 1964 and graduated from medical school in 1970 from the University of Zagreb. Following military service and two years working at the Institute for diabetes in Zagreb, he moved to New York, where he completed his psychiatry training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1977. Since then, he has worked as a clinician and educator at New York Medical College, as well as independently in solo practice as psychiatrist/psychotherapist. His poems have appeared in Croatian translation in Poezija, and in English in Carpatian Health Resort (It’s a Riot Press). His website is www.vladimirkasnar.com

Book Launch: Vladimir Kašnar’s *Durable Imprints* / *Ustrajni otisc
Saturday, May 5, 2018
6:00 pm- 8:00 pm
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Ave (at 165th Street)
New York, NY
 

April 28- Afrofuturism & The Emergence of Black Super-sheros

Join us for Independent Bookstore Day as we discuss Afrofuturism and the emergence of black super-sheros with the Monger Sisters, authors of a new sci-fi book series called “Nia’s Sick Sense.” Their story is about a young super-shero named Nia Kpelle from New York who has the gift to sense when other girls are being abused. Inheriting her gift from her ancestor Kanti of the Mano tribe of Liberia, Nia discovers truth about her family’s past while solving a present-day mystery as there’s an unknown rapist terrorizing young women on the streets of Stuyvesant Heights.

As we dive into the work of these sisters, we’ll also explore the depths of Afrofuturism and its significance in the pop culture with the current trends of identity (self-discovery through ancestry) and innovation.

With the debut of Marvel’s Black Panther in theaters earlier this year, Afrofuturism has become a hot topic. More African-inspired or black comics are coming into the limelight and introducing their protagonists. Many of the female characters in Black Panther also excited spectators leaving us to answer the question, “Where are our black super-sheros?”

For more information on “Nia’s Sick Sense,” visit www.kpelletales.com.
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Afrofuturism & The Emergence of Black Super-sheros
Saturday, April 28, 2018
3–4:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032