Booklyn Calling

Welcome to Booklyn’s podcast!

 

Booklyn Calling amplifies diverse voices within the artists’ book field and explores artmaking as a tool for community engagement, education, and social justice work. In our first season, we talk with artists and organizations 

 

Hosted by Monica Johnson & Marshall Weber of Booklyn, Inc.

 

Sound recording and editing are provided by Earbong & Radio Free Brooklyn, a community organization providing a freeform radio platform for the diverse cultures that comprise the borough of Brooklyn. Thank you to Kaia Fischer and Stuart Gunter who created our theme music, and to Mylo Mendez who illustrated our logo.  

 

Booklyn Calling is made possible in part by funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the NY City Council.

Episode #1: Zoe Beloff

In Booklyn Calling’s first episode, NYC-based multimedia artist Zoe Beloff joins in to talk about her 5ft x 12ft history painting recording the horrors of the Trump regime. It was inspired by her post-inaugural rage as well as the materiality of the hand-painted protest sign. Beloff shares insights into her work, her influences, her process, and where she fits into the world as a working artist.

Zoe is a visual artist and filmmaker. She aims to make art that both entertains and provokes discussion. With a focus on social justice, she draws timelines between past and present to imagine a more egalitarian future. Zoe’s work has been featured in international exhibitions and screenings; including the Whitney Museum Biennale, Site Santa Fe, the M HKA museum in Antwerp, and the Pompidou Center in Paris. However, she particularly enjoys working in alternative venues that are free and open to the community for events and conversations. These have included in New York City; The Coney Island Museum, Participant, Momenta, and The James Gallery at the CUNY Graduate Center.

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Episode #2: The Monument Quilt Project

Hannah Brancato (Baltimore, MD) and Lorena Kourousias (NYC) of The Monument Quilt Project join us to talk about creating public rituals of healing, undoing white supremacy culture, and how they transformed what started as an art project into a movement.

The Monument Quilt, a project of Baltimore and Mexico City-based FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, is a collection of more than 3,000 stories by survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence and our allies, written, painted, and stitched onto red fabric. These stories literally blanket highly public, outdoor places to create and demand space to heal, and resist a singular narrative about sexual violence. The culminating display was May 31 – June 2, 2019, on the National Mall in Washington, DC. This was the only time that the quilt was displayed in its entirety.

The Monument Quilt was launched in 2013, and over six years FORCE collected nearly 3,000 squares of the quilt with messages of affirmation and stories from survivors. We partnered with over 100 organizations across the US and in Mexico, to organize 50 Quilt displays in 33 different cities. Cities include (in order from most recent): Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; Madison, NJ; Houston, TX; Athens, OH; Fort Belvoir, VA; Towson, MD; Mexico City, Mexico; San Francisco, CA; El Paso, TX; Ciudad Juárez, Mexico; Santa Barbara, CA; Valley Center, CA; Tempe, AZ; Tulsa, OK; Fort Hood, TX; Annapolis, MD; Fort Meade, MD; Washington, DC; Nashville, TN; Jacksonville, FL; Oklahoma City, OK; Middleton, CT; Queens, NY; Pittsburgh, PA; Durham, NC; Oshkosh, WI; Chicago, IL; White River, SD; Quapaw, OK; Des Moines, IA; Baton Rouge, LA; Birmingham, AL; Arden, NC.

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Episode #3: Sauda Mitchell

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