Soñamos Sentirnos Libres: Making it Real is an evolution of the exhibition Soñamos Sentirnos Libres: Under Construction which ran at Interference Archive from May-September 2016. The collaboration utilized the archive’s historical resources to draw connections between past and current struggles for the rights of immigrants, intentionally prioritizing the voices of youth, undocumented folks, and women. This version of the exhibition highlights some of the collaborative work produced throughout it’s initial run at Interference Archive. Here, at Maine College of Art, a series of public events will engage different communities with the ideas behind MPP’s work, including collaboration, immigrant identity, and the role of the artist. With this latest iteration of Soñamos Sentirnos Libres, we will explore these concepts within a new context–both responding to the local context of Portland, Maine, and to the charged political atmosphere post-election, especially around immigrant rights and the question of who “belongs” in America.
This cumulative exhibition highlighted old and new collaborations between Mobile Print Power and seven organizations in the form of prints, paintings, books, letters, podcasts, workshops, and events. The projects developed throughout the shows run, creating an ongoing collaborative processes. A series of public events engaged different communities with the ideas behind our work, including solidarity, collaboration, immigrant identity, and the role of the artist.
Talk is Cheap (TIC): Talk Is Cheap: Unincorporated Language Laboratories (TIC) is a transdisciplinary collective. To advance community narratives, TIC uses the rich yet affordable medium of dialogue, and pairs it with action in public spaces.
New York State Youth Leadership Council: The NYSYLC is the first undocumented youth led organization in New York. They work to empower immigrant youth to drop the fear attached to undocumented status and challenge the United States’ broken immigration system through leadership development, grassroots organizing, educational advancement, and self-expression.
Arts Greenhouse (AG): AG is a hip-hop music education program that serves Pittsburgh teens through music technology classes, music recording projects, hip-hop performances, and workshops on special topics relating to hip-hop.
Combat Paper NJ: Combat Paper NJ is a program of the Printmaking Center of New Jersey that provides art as a tool for veterans to share their military experiences.
UnLocal inc.: UnLocal is an immigration legal services and education not-for-profit organization that seeks to re-imagine the way legal services are delivered to immigrants in New York City.
IMI Corona (Immigrant Movement International Corona): IMI Corona is a volunteer-led community space for alternative education, a think tank to reimage the role of (im)migrants in society, and a laboratory for the merging of arts and activism. We are a group that is sharpening skills to organize and be active in the social justice movement based on the needs of (im)migrant mothers, women, children and young people that are the majority of participants of IMI Corona.
Steam Exchange: Steam Exchange, based in the Smoketown neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky, facilitates passion-driven learning experiences where individuals explore the integral connections between science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM) through creative play and production.
This exhibition explored the impact of design in the environment of New York City. The show featured a wide range of "design-led" projects that speak to the issues of Growth, Equity, Sustainability, and Resilience.
According to the AIGA/NY Curators, "this exhibition explores what it takes for designers to be a part of making New York City today. For many designers represented here, it’s not only about civically-engaged projects, but civically-engaged practice."
This exhibition explored the persuasive power of collaborative art and design principles. Many of the works in the exhibition captured the processes and stages of collaboration, demonstrating the story of social and technological changes that have transformed our daily workflow, project conceptualization, and execution processes. In addition to exhibiting our collaboration with Talk is Cheap entitled, The Big Apple Doesn't Fall Far From the Tree, we also presented as part of a panel on collaborative art and design practices.
This exhibition featured "exemplary artistic collaborations between teaching artists and their students" as part of the symposium Remixing Art Education on the changing role of art schools. Presented in conjunction with the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. Other artists featured in the show included, Ernesto Pujol, Tim Rollins & K.O.S.
Our first exhibit, Unapologetic, was organized and curated by The New School’s Dreamers and N.Y.S.Y.L.C. Our Message From Corona Plaza and Immigrant Movement International's El Dia de los Muertos Altar projects were included in the exhibit. During the opening reception we collaborated with the Dreamers to print t-shirts bearing the message, You Are Not Illegal, Neither Are 11 Million Undocumented Immigrants.
The show was organized and curated with the goal of "creating a space for stories and voices that have been affected, or are still affected, by the lack of a legal immigration status.""