Aileen Bassis

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“Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here,” a really wonderful project created by poet
Beau Beausoleil, is an exhibition of 261 artist books made by 260 international
artists/artist teams from 24 countries. These books were made to reflect upon
the March 5, 2007 car-bomb attack that took place in Al-Mutanabbi Street, the
ancient street of booksellers, poets and writers, located at the literary and
cultural heart of Baghdad, Iraq. The collection of artists’ books reflects both the
targeted attack on this street of the booksellers as well as the ultimate futility of
those who try to erase thought. This project is both a lament and a
commemoration of the singular power of words.
A photograph from my series "Stories End" is included in the online exhibition
"My Sense of Place"
that accompanied an exhibit by Kiki and Seton Smith at
Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
My artist's book "Advice for Travelers"
will be exhibited in the show
"Sanctuary"
at the Center for Book Arts, 28 West 27th St, 3rd
Floor, New York City 10001
Open Mon-Fri 11 am - 6 pm; Sat 10 am - 5 pm
July 18 - September 21, 2019
Good News: in 2019 I've been awarded two grants from the Queens Council on
the Arts, one to create and exhibit work about immigration, and a "Su Casa" Arts
Program for Seniors grant to do a book arts project.
Brown University's Watson Institute for International
and Public Affairs,
Providence, Rhode Island,
has created a digital
one-person exhibit of my work:

"Questioning the Body Politic"

July 1 - August 30, 2019
Open weekdays, 8:30 am - 5 pm
Join me at the
Artist Member Talk
Sept. 19, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
My artist's book "Muslim in America/Amal"
will be in the exhibition
"A Different Page"
curated by Eileen Ferara,
at Mikhail Zakin Gallery, 561 Piermont Rd.,
Demarest, NJ 07627.
September 3 - October 18, 2019
Artists' Reception:
Thursday September 12, 6:30 - 8:30 pm