Published October 26, 2017.
The Center for Book Arts had a great week enjoying New York’s Print Week. We enjoyed openings at MoMA, the Fine Art Print Fair, and the E/AB Fair. What a whirlwind! We were glad to see prints in the spotlight. One of our residents, Maria San Martin, exhibited work at the E/AB Fair through Booklyn. You can find her work here, and more information about Booklyn here.
How did you end up participating in E/AB?
I was invited last year to participate in this fair by the organization that represents my work in the US, Booklyn Inc., and they invited me this year again. I have been working with Booklyn for the last 5 years.
What was it like being a shown artist in the show?
I am not a big fan of fairs, because I don’t like how the art market operates, but it is more to have the opportunity to have intimate conversations with people that often end up in friendship or in an exchange of experiences related to the socio-political issues I reflect in my work. This experience is what I value the most.
Tell us a little bit about the work that was featured.
“Make the economy scream” is an art work based on the declassified document originally created in 1970 and titled “Meeting with the President”. The document was released by the National Security Archive of the United States with other materials from the Chile Project of the Nixon administration as lead by renowned war criminal Henry Kissinger. Its main objective was to overthrow the democratically elected government of socialist President Salvador Allende in order to protect American commercial interests. Three years after this document was created a military operation planned in conjunction between the CIA, and orchestrated by Kissinger, and Augusto Pinochet provoked the depreciation of the copper market and thus weakening the country’s economy, as well as providing Kissinger and Pinochet ample coverage to commit numerous crimes against humanity. Portraits of some Chilean victims mirror the current status of minorities in the United States under the racist Trump regime.
Did the Center play a role in the work you created for E/AB? If so, how did the Center support you during the process?
The text printed on the handkerchiefs of the work “Make-the-economy-scream” was printed at the Center during my residency period.
I am also going to show “The-right-to-know (silo installation)”, which I made at Art Omi last year. I made a huge clamshell box with a parchment in its cover at the Center with the cooperation and advice of the Center’s staff and renters.
And finally I am going to exhibit the book “Rasqua Doc/Undoc” we made as a class during our workshop with Featured Artist, Felicia Rice, in response to her book project with Chicano artists.
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