Occupied Newspaper Exhibit
The reports of the death of print have been much exaggerated. In the vein of the Occupied Wall Street Journal, dozens of occupied newspapers have sprung up in cities across the country over the past year. Occupy newspaper teams in various cities say the physical publications are a unique tool in building the movement, providing an alternative perspective to the public, communicating with supporters and reaching out to new communities — because print is a collective, not an isolated, act. Physical distribution means going into new communities, sparking one-on-one conversations about the issues that matter to people. Since relationships are built in the real world, handing a paper to another person is an inherently political act. Just as the occupation of physical space with encampments brought the Occupy movement into being, print media helps sustain and grow it.
A selection Occupied print newspapers from around the United States will be exhibited at Occupy the Film Festival on September 15 and 16 in the lobby of the Courthouse Theater at Anthology Film Archives in New York City. Please come see this incredible burst of national free and independent journalism in person!
Occupy Photography Show!
Two award-winning photographers will display their Occupy photography in the lobby of the Courthouse Theater at Anthology Film Archives during Occupy the Film Festival on September 15 and 16.
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet these artists and experience their visions of the movement that ignited the public imagination! Please get tickets today here and support the artists of the 99%. And please follow us: more updates about the festival will be posted here daily!
Born in Guatemala City and raised in Berkeley, California, Vanessa Bahmani received her Bachelors degree in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley and her MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Bahmani was awarded the Adobe Design Achievement Awards semi-finalist (2008), NY Photo Festival nominee (2009), ENCLOSURE 2011 top 110 finalist and CURATE NYC 2012 finalist, as well as first place at the Neo Pop Realism International Art Competition. Her work has been exhibited at Power House Books Arena (Brooklyn, 2008), the ISE Cultural Foundation (NYC, 2009), Ramscale Gallery (NYC, 2010), a solo show at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum (New Orleans, 2011) and at the Rush Gallery as part of the prestigious CURATE NYC project (NYC, 2011).
Her series “We Are the 99%” was shot at Occupy Wall Street in NYC and Oakland, CA, to represent the cross-country movement. “The project is important because it is documenting a moment in history when we all came together with the common goal to create a more just and fair society for everyone,” says Bahmani. The series has been featured on NY1 News and Huffington Post and is also on display at South Street Seaport Museum (NYC), Brik Gallery (Catskills, NY) and the Station Museum of Contemporary Art (Houston, TX).
Andrew Stern is a photojournalist committed to documenting critical social and political issues. His compelling imagery has been recognized for the intimate relationship he develops with his subjects, as well as the time he spends to immerse himself in a story. He has photographed in over 20 countries and his award-winning work has appeared in The Guardian Weekend Magazine, Readers Digest, Harper’s, The New York Times and many other publications both domestically and internationally. He is also co-author of We Are Everywhere: The Irresistible Rise of Global Anti-Capitalism (Verso, 2003).
Stern has shot the Occupy movement extensively. For this exhibit, he will be showing a series from the home foreclosure defense action in East New York this past winter and a convergence on Wall Street in May 2011 that predates the Occupy Wall Street movement.
at Occupy the Film Festival!
The Illuminator is a tactical media machine (aka a van with a really powerful projector, sound system, and library) that has been roaming the streets of New York City and beyond, bringing the spirit and message of the Occupy movement to street corners and public squares everywhere.
On September 15, at Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue at 2nd Street, the Illuminator will be projecting a series of new designs in support of Occupy the Film Festival! Don’t miss it! A preview of the projections is also coming up somewhere in NYC in the next few weeks. So stay tuned!
The Illuminator needs our help to sustain their historic project. Please read the following message from the Illustrious Luminarians of NYC:
On November 17th, 2011, on the two month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, a group of artist-activists pulled off an epic light projection action that came to be known as the “OWS Bat Signal.” The video went viral, and the story got picked up by news outlets all over the world.
The success of this action led to the creation of The Illuminator, and since March 3, the all-volunteer collective, comprised of artists, technologists, librarians, biologists, etc., has been staging spectacular interventions in public spaces, supporting a wide range of struggles, making the news, and reminding people that the crises that brought people into the streets last fall are still very much alive.
Our dream is to help create a small fleet of Illuminators around the country, bringing joyful, creative, inspiring actions to support and further this global uprising for democracy, equality, and sustainability. We are engaged in an all-out battle for the future of humanity and the planet. The stakes are enormous. Mobile guerilla light projection is but one tactic amongst many, but we think its pretty effective, and beautiful. We’d like to see more of it, wouldn’t you?
Please support the campaign at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/illuminator99/the-illuminator-20