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
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.
One of my artist's books about migration, and
this mixed media collage, "The Sea," which
includes text from first-person 17th century
accounts of journeys by sea, is in
"New World Water"
at Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University
November 4 - December 13, 2019
"The Sea"
A one-person exhibition of my etchings
is in the show
"Time to Leave"
at Lewis Latimer House Museum,
34-41 137th St.
Flushing, New York City
(12-minute walk from the last stop on
the # 7 subway: Main St.)
October 12 - December 13, 2019
Open Wed, Fri, Sun. 12:00 – 5:00 pm.
2020 is starting to look busy.  
The Freyberger Gallery at Berks State
College in Reading, PA invited me and seven
other artists to create work based on the
humanities for an exhibition,
"Humanities and the Arts"
opening January 16, 2020.  
I'll be exhibiting new photopolymer etchings
that continue my series about refugees:
"Time to Leave," and an installation of sewn
Risograph prints from my book project
about migrant children in US custody.
"Do You Want, Do You
Need" 2019, 26.5 x 33.5"
The exhibition
"Calamity"
on the theme of the Holocaust and
intolerance, will include three of my early
book works from 2004, altered books
about the Holocaust,
curated by Dr. Catherine Lewis
at Moon Gallery, Berry College, Mt. Berry,
Georgia
January 13 - February 13, 2020
One of the etchings from my "Time to Leave" series will be on exhibit in
Berlin, Germany at Institut für Alles Mögliche
curated by Dorit Jordan Dotan in the exhibition
"i am/ an immigrant"
Opening March 5, 2020