Mobile Print Power

MPP letter
Hemos creado un cartel para compartir parte de nuestro trabajo que hemos hecho desde Marzo. Se puede descargar AQUÍ.

We have created a poster to share some of the work we have been doing since March. It can be downloaded HERE

Mobile Print Power es un colectivo de serigrafía basado en Centro Corona en Corona, Queens. Somos un colectivo que usualmente trabajamos cara a cara en espacios públicos pero hemos recurrido al trabajar online, como parte de la Red de Ayuda Mutua del Centro Corona, para seguir conectados y haciendo arte.
Estos dibujos responden a la experiencia de la vida durante la pandemia. Se enfocan en ideas de protesta, creando salud comunitaria, proporcionando abundancia y fomentando la conexión consciente.

Mobile Print Power is a printmaking collective based at Centro Corona in Corona, Queens. We are a collective that usually works face to face and in public spaces but we have turned to online, as part of Centro Corona’s Mutual Aid Network, to continue to connect and make art.
These drawings respond to the experience of life during the pandemic. They focus on ideas of protest, creating community health, providing abundance, and fostering mindful connection.

Who we are

We are a multigenerational collective from different corners of NYC and the world. We started as a weekly printmaking and political education workshop at Immigrant Movement International in Corona, Queens (IMI Corona) in March, 2013. Over time, and as regular participants in the workshop began to emerge as co-facilitators and co-organizers, we began referring to ourselves as a collective. Our different educational backgrounds and viewpoints make us strong as a collective and powerful as artists and activists.

Since 2013 we have been using our methodology for participatory design in public space and a pair of portable silkscreen printmaking carts to engage communities and explore social and cultural situations. To transmit the work that we co-create with the community we make books, prints, and public sculptures. Each project that we do reflects our commitment to social justice and our belief in the value of shared artistic production.

Due to the pandemic we are not meeting in our usual space at Centro Corona but we encourage you to come to one of our weekly online workshops and learn more about what we do! Email us at info@mobileprintpower.com to let us know you would like to join.

Contact information

info@mobileprintpower.com

FB: @mobileprintpower
Twitter: @mprintpower
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Profiles

Core members:

Jose Benitez

My name is Jose Benitez. I got involved with MPP in 2015 during the development of our show at interference Archive. I am a multimedia artist and activist. I studied Graphic Communication at Baruch College-CUNY and I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Media Studies from The New School University. My personal work spans participatory art, video installations, photography, and silkscreen printing, exploring the intersectionality of identity and struggles in movement spaces. In addition to being a core member of Mobile Print Power I am a member of the Centro Corona council, formerly known as IMI Corona. The majority of my work is created through a participatory or collaborative process based on the political principle of believing in the power of collective work in movement spaces.

Max Geller

My name is Max Geller. I am a BFA Illustration student at the School of Visual Arts, and have been a member of MPP since 2019. I love working with MPP because it affords me the opportunity to work collaboratively in the creation of images which help strengthen community bonds, foster open communication, and nurture both individual and collective creativity.

Marissa Campiz

Hi, I am Marissa Campiz :) . I am an Industrial Labor and Relations major at Cornell University. It was March of 2013, when I first got involved in MPP. At first it was my mothers attempt to get me involved in an activity, but ultimately I began to feel really connected with the people and the work of MMP. My favorite MPP project was working with unLocal on the know your rights poster. I hope to continue empowering my community and fostering those connections to create safer spaces and beautiful art!
Fun facts about me: My birthday is October 4th, 2001. So I'm a libra :p. I like to customize my own clothes. I’m trying to relearn how to skate, I can only ollie (stay tuned on the next update to see whether I have learned anything else). In addition, I’ve been painted multiple times, and one ended up in the Whitney Biennial and in Vogue magazine.

Patrick Rowe

My name is Patrick Rowe. I started MPP because I wanted to bring printmaking into public space. I also wanted to start a workshop where families from the local community could learn how to make prints and create new images together. I’ve been a MPP member since the beginning, in March 2013. A memorable project for me was our event celebrating the one-year anniversary of Corona Plaza. This was our first well-thought-out project, the culmination of a whole summer working with the public in the plaza. The images we printed that day were part of the Message from Corona Plaza project.
Fun facts about me: My birthday is May 23, 1982. I was new to screen printing when I started MPP, I learned right along with the rest of the group.

Brandon Castillo

My name is Brandon Castillo, I am a member of MPP since March of 2013.My most memorable MPP project was the collaboration with Talk Is Cheap where we made arepas in exchange for common sayings used by people and words of wisdom. My favorite exhibitions of ours is “Soñamos Sentirnos Libres: Making it Real” in Portland, Maine because we got to explore a new environment as well as interacting with different groups such as Survivors Speak, MECA Faith, and MECA students to create new themes and graphics based on those themes.
Fun facts about me: I love coffee and would take anyone’s offer to get coffee! I’ve become a better artist throughout the years. Career goal is to work in Public Programs or Education in a museum or a nonprofit. Interested in creating programs and events to benefit the people and communities around.

Hayley Mackenzie Bain

My name is Haley Mackenzie Bain. MPP is the second work position that I’m doing as part of The Queens Teens Program at the Queens Museum. I’ve been a member since January 2016. My most memorable project with MPP was the first event that I worked with MPP at MOMA PS1. It was a very exciting feeling to have successfully run the workshop with the whole team, which was very rewarding.
Fun facts about me: My birthday is February 12, 1999. I used to collect rubber ducks and at its peak my collection was 54 ducks large.

Jess Epstein

My name is Jess Epstein. I first got involved with MPP when I saw a collaboration they were doing at MOMA PS1 and NOCD-NY in February 2016. I reached out to the group on Facebook and was encouraged to join the workshops and I’ve been a member ever since. MPP has kept me going over the years when I’ve been bogged down in work. Our exhibitions, public workshops, book projects, and now virtual residency have allowed me to grow as part of the group and as an individual artist and arts administrator. My most memorable project with MPP was when we traveled to MECA to facilitate workshops surrounding our exhibition at the school’s gallery.
Fun facts about me: My birthday is September 18, 1989. For my day job, I work as a TV and documentary producer. I love to cook, eat, and travel but I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 5 so that always makes things a little difficult!

Past members:

Stephanie R. Roman

My name is Stephanie R. Roman. Another group member, Marissa, introduced me to the group and from there I started to continue coming and I’m still here. I never knew art would be so interesting until I came here. I’ve been an MPP member since 2014. My favorite memory was the working with Open Engagement in Pittsburg, our long travel there was unforgettable. I got to meet international artists, which was the best part.
Fun facts about me: My birthday is May 28th. I am 5’ 7”, my favorite color is red, and I only listen to rap music.

Daniel Flores

Daniel joined the group in October 2013. His background is in graphic design and illustration. His drawings have become part of many books and prints published by the group. Daniel has helped the group develop strategies for public engagement and has been part of countless public project in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx.

Erik Guevara

My name is Erik Guevara. I got involved with MPP because another member, Marissa, talked about it once and it sounded interesting so I decided to come. I’ve been a member since 2013. My most memorable MPP project was working with Unlocal because we did a big amount of shirts and also got food.
Fun facts about me: My birthday is December 27th.

Jennifer Muñoz

My name is Jennifer Muñoz and I got involved with MPP because I am interested in the history of silkscreen printing. I’ve been an MPP member for two and a half years. My favorite MPP saying is “Cool Collaboration.”
Fun facts about me: My birthday is January 19th. I am a straight-forward person, if there is something not compelling to my thoughts or eyes, I speak.

Lerone

My name is Lerone and I decided to become a member of the group because I like art. I’ve been a member since 2015. My most memorable MPP project was one where we worked with stickers, I liked it because it was fun.
Fun facts about me: I draw for almost 9 hours per day.

Nathalie Rea

My name is Nathaie Xiomara Rea. I am part of MPP because I like art. I’ve been a member of MPP for 3 years. My favorite memory from MPP was celebrating Brandon’s birthday because my mom made spaghetti and sausage.
Fun facts about me: My birthday is September 1, 2006. I am a dancing and karaoke superstar and I like spaghetti and sausage!

Ricky Perez

My name is Ricky Perez. I got involved with MPP because my mom told me about it. I came the first day the group met but I took a long break and recently came back to the group in March 2016. One of my most memorable projects was printing the “Know Your Rights” posters.
Fun fact about me: My birthday is July 30th. I like playing on the computer.

Silvia Juliana Manilla Ortiz

My name is Silvia Juliana Mantilla Ortiz. I got involved with MPP because I love art and collaborating with young people around issues of social justice. I’ve been a member of MPP since 2013. My most memorable MPP project was working on the cookbook but I think my favorite memory was the road trip we took together to Pittsburgh for Open Engagement.
Fun facts about me: My birthday is May 26, 1987. I love to cook and dance. I am also an interpreter and I am pretty good at handstands.

Yiovana Castillo

Yiovanna has been a member of Mobile Print Power since day one. Her progressive exhibition and public project ideas have been crucial throughout the groups' development. A highly skilled printmaker, Yiovanna helped Mobile Print Power complete their most challenging commissioned project for Open Engagement 2014. For this project, Yiovanna developed an assembly line type system for printing and heat setting tote bags for mass production. She enjoys sharing the screen printmaking process with others.

Bill Jannen

My name is Bill Jannen and I joined MPP in 2014 because I wanted to connect to my community. My most memorable MPP project was the “Streetwise” book because it was really fun. We took all of the extra work that didn’t fit into the “Big Apple” project and we spent a whole day making images together.
Fun facts about me: My birthday is November 9th. I was a 6’5” hobbit when my friends and I filmed “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of The Rings” in High School.

Other past members:

Aria Shehas

Bryan Marca

Guadalupe Ibañez

Jennifer Munoz

Nefthali Gomez

Shamir Gomez

Luis Merino

Larry Mellado

Vilma Gonzalez

Nayelli Avila

Nayelli Guanuchi

Librada Reyes

Esther Sánchez

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