Solidarity on the Move


Saturday, October 17, 2015

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

October 17th, 12-5pm
Interference Archive
131 8th St., Brooklyn, NY 11215
Join Combat Paper NJ (Montclair, NJ) and Mobile Print Power (Corona, Queens) for a interactive day of art production at Interference Archive. We invite everyone to come out and work with Combat Paper NJ to pulp and pull sheets of paper with their mobile paper making set-up, and work with Mobile Print Power to learn basic printing with their ice cream cart turned screen print studio. Both groups will be asking the question “What does solidarity mean to you?” and “How can military veterans and immigrants (and immigrants who are vets) work together to improve their communities?” Weather permitting we will be set up outside in the parking lot, hanging out and making art.
About Combat Paper NJ:
All veterans have a story to tell. For too long, we have lived in a culture where veterans tend to suppress their experiences. Combat Paper NJ (CPNJ) can change the taboo surrounding the sharing of their experiences. This unique project offers the artistic tools and professional instruction to veterans, providing a space to use art and writing to explore their experiences. Our specialty is the transformative process of making handmade paper from military uniforms—Combat Paper. This paper creates a platform for veterans to share their stories, providing a “new language” for self-expression. In casual drop-in sessions, on college campuses, in community centers, and at VA and military hospitals, CPNJ brings the art of papermaking and printmaking to veterans of all service eras.
About Mobile Print Power:
Mobile Print Power (MPP) is a multi-generational mobile print collective based in Corona, Queens. We use the inherently social medium of printmaking to engage communities and explore social and cultural situations. Over the past 2+ years, we have developed a working methodology for collaborative, socially engaged printmaking in public space. For our public projects we begin by collecting drawings and writing from the public in response to urgent questions like, “what does solidarity mean to you?” In exchange for each response we offer print instruction with our portable screen printing cart. We use the material we collect to create collaborative designs, which are subsequently returned to public spaces in the form of large printed works and printed books.