We've recently teamed up with Navaja Press to create a series of print/mixed media designs that have been printed on postcards. Like plant propagation, where new plants are grown from a stock or root cutting, we envision this project as a starting point and a way to connect and strengthen our communities as we grow in the wake of crisis. Keeping that in mind this project is also meant as a resource guide. Check out: @mutualaidphx, @worriedaboutrent, @palabras_bookstore, @spanishsinpena, @thepeoplescoalition, and @centrocorona.
We invited two artists, William Camargo and Simone?! Satchell, to join on as artists in virtual residence. Together we have generated imagery through a series of open Zoom workshops, in which members of our communities and mutual aid networks have been encouraged to participate. In this first round of the residency we have been creating imagery based on the following prompt:
Navaja Press, Simone Satchell, William Camargo, Mobile Print Power
Postcards can be ordered via this form: https://forms.gle/Q4RmAfzdtNQxKXaZ8
In honor of full transparency, here's how funds for this project are going to be distributed:
30% - William Camargo
30% - Simone Satchell
30% - Mutal Aid Work in Corona, Queens, Pheonix, AZ, and L.A., CA
10% - Materials, postage, etc. all towards sustaining this project, goes to both MPP and Navaja Press
About Navaja Press: Navaja Press is a publishing & printmaking collective based out of Pheonix, Az. They strive to bring forth narratives regarding but not limited to, intergenerational history, archiving lived experiences, and translating oral histories into visual/graphic works. Navaja wants to focus on highlighting the experience of exiting within the margins, hoping to bring visual anthologies to the forefront.
Check it out on Instagram @navajapress
About Mobile Print Power: We are a multigenerational collective from different corners of NYC. 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.
About our Artists-in-Residence:
Simone?! Satchell: Simone?! Satchell is a Black New Yorker Trans Queer Non-binary differently-abled artist. Simone?! has lived in all 5 boroughs. He earned a BFA at Queens College in 2008. He served as a Public Ally Fellow at the Queens Museum as the Coordinator of OST Youth and Family Programs from 2015 to 2017. In 2016, Simone?! organized and facilitated the Set on Freedom retreat with 4 other interdisciplinary artist to explore: How do we work as a community to open up space and support for artists and communities whose main concern is daily survival in order to thrive? Simone?! was involved with BYP100 from 2017 to 2018. In 2018, Simone?!, along with other Black Trans and Gender Non-Conforming folks, founded BTGNC Resource, to share resources for and by the Black Trans and Gender Non-Conforming community. In 2018 and 2019, through Centro Corona’s Defense Committee, Simone?! represented Centro Corona in Hate Free Zone Queens’ Arts & Culture Committee.
William Camargo: William Camargo is an Arts Educator, Photo-Based Artist and Arts Advocate born and raised in Anaheim, California, he is currently serving as Commissioner of Heritage and Culture in the city of Anaheim and holds an M.F.A at Claremont Graduate University. He is the founder and curator of Latinx Diaspora Archives an archive Instagram page that elevates communities of color through family photos. He attained his BFA at the California State University, Fullerton, and an AA from Fullerton College in photography.
William has held residencies at Project Art, the Chicago Artist Coalition, ACRE, and at LA Summer held at Otis School of Art and Design. He has also participated in the New York Times Portfolio Review, NALAC's(National Association of Latino Arts & Culture) Leadership(2018), and Advocacy(2020) Institutes. He is a current member of Diversify Photo an initiative started to diversify the photography industry. He was awarded the Friedman Grant and J. Sonneman Photography Prize from CGU and has given lectures at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Gallery 400(Chicago), University of San Diego, Cal State Long Beach, the Claremont Colleges, USC Roski School of Art, Stanford(upcoming).
Additionally, his work has been shown at the Chicago Cultural Center, Loisaida Center(New York), the University of Indianapolis(IN), Mexican Cultural Center and Cinematic Arts(Los Angeles), Stevenson University(Baltimore), The Cooper Gallery of African and African American Arts at Harvard, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Filter Photo(Chicago), among others.
Located in Southern California
Check out williamcamargo.com