Mobile Print Power is a multigenerational collective based out of Immigrant Movement International in Corona, Queens. We use silkscreen printmaking to engage communities and explore social and cultural situations.
"We are all different ages, from young children to adults. We all learn to take different responsibilities as a collective. Our mobile printmaking cart gives us the opportunity to teach others in public. We usually go out to Corona Plaza at 103rd St. to teach others how to print, to show them our artwork, and to make new work in collaboration with them."
For our public projects, we make multiple visits to public spaces in Corona, Queens and around the city, asking an essential question such as, "What does solidarity mean to you?" In response to the question, we collect words and drawings from the public, in exchange for on-site print instruction with the cart. We then take all that we have collected and collaboratively generate a series of thematic printed works. This work is then displayed in the same public spaces where the content was collected, with the opportunity for the community to reprint the work with the cart. In this way the process is a collaborative exchange between Mobile Print Power and the community.
Since March 2013 we have created public projects in Corona Plaza, Queens, as well as sites in Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Pittsburgh, PA. We have published 6 books, including "Message from Corona Plaza" and "The Flavor of Bilingual Cuisine". We have exhibited at museums, universities, and galleries, such as The New School, Columbia University, and the Queens Museum. We also collaborate with local organizations and artist collectives that positively impact our community.
Jose BenitezMy name is Jose Benitez. I got involved with MPP a year ago during the development of our show at interference Archive. I'm currently studying math and sociology at Baruch College in Manhattan but I have a strong interest in documentary video, community organizing, and social activism.
Stephanie R. RomanMy 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.
Brandon CastilloMy name is Brandon Castillo. I got involved with MPP because my mom knew I liked art so when she was looking through programs at Immigrant Movement International (IMI) she invited me to join the group. I’ve been a member since late March 2013. My most memorable MPP project was the collaboration with Talk Is Cheap where we made arepas.
Daniel FloresDaniel 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 GuevaraMy 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.
Haley Mackenzie BainMy 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.
Jessica EpsteinMy name is Jessica Epstein. I became involved with MPP because I saw an event the group was doing in collaboration with MOMA PS1 and NOCD-NY so I reached out to the group on Facebook and was encouraged to join the workshops. I’ve been a member since February 2016. My most memorable project with MPP so far has been our event at MOMA PS1. I was so impressed with the way the group operated and collaborated with other arts organizations from around the city.
Jennifer MuñozMy 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.”
LeroneMy 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.
Marissa CampizMy name is Marissa Campiz. I got involved with MPP because my mom made me but I actually ended up loving it and staying. I’ve been an MPP member since the beginning, about 3 years now. My favorite MPP project was working with Arts Greenhouse at Open Engagement in Pittsburgh.
Nathalie ReaMy 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.
Patrick RoweMy name is Patrick Rowe. I started MPP because I wanted to bring printmaking into public space. I also wanted to start a workshop at Immigrant Movement International (IMI) so that families from the local community could learn how to make prints and create new images. I’ve been a MPP member since the beginning, in March 2013. For me, one of the most memorable projects was our event celebrating the one-year anniversary at 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.
Ricky PerezMy 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.
Silvia Juliana Manilla OrtizMy 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.
Yiovana CastilloYiovanna 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 JannenMy 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.