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.  
More info about this project is posted here.
I've been invited to an artist residency at:
Art Doc-Net, Puicheric, France
May, 2014
One of my books will on exhibit at Redland Museum Queensland, Australia, in:
"Personal Histories - International Artist Book Exhibition"
October 12 - November 30, 2014
Two of my artist books from my series, "Muslims in America" will be on display
at
Pierro Gallery, South Orange, New Jersey in the exhibition:
"Breaking Through Tradition"
April 3 - May 3, 2014
I will be at the Art Talk on Thursday, April 24, 7 pm - 9 pm
My "Holocaust Book #16:"








one of a group of altered books that I made using prints from photos taken in a
concentration camp and the Jewish quarter of Antwerp, is in the exhibition
"Displaced," an International Book Art Exhibition
at Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide, London, England
Wiener Library's Pinterest pages with photos of books in the exhibition.
March 5 - April 17, 2014
In the fall of 2013, a Newark, NJ, gallery paired with a Cedar Knolls, NJ school
for children with disabilities to run a mentorship program: (IM)POSSIBILITIES.
I was one of nine artists SPH gallery chose to conduct a series of 12 art-making
workshops over four months with 17 middle school students. Students and
mentors worked together to produce pieces for a traveling art exhibition.
The initial exhibition:
"(IM)POSSIBILITIES"
will be at Solo(s) Project House, Newark, NJ
March 29 – April 19, 2014
One of my prints will be on display at the
Printmaking Center of New Jersey, Branchburg, NJ in
"Structure"
April 26 - June 14, 2014
Opening Reception April 26, 1 pm - 4 pm
Two of my photopolymer etchings will be in the exhibition
"Reimagining Rosa Parks"
at Prince George's Community College Galleries at the Library, Largo, MD  
April 28 - July 3, 2014  
"My Sister," 8 1/4  x 11 1/2, illustrated below, is one that will be on view.  
A large group of my altered books will be part of an exhibition sponsored by
Project for Empty Space + Solo(s) Project House:
"Through the Looking Glass"  
at Gateway Gallery, 2 Gateway Center, Newark, NJ
April 17 - June 30, 2014; open Tues. - Thurs. 11 - 7 pm
Two of my altered books will be in the exhibition
"Montclair Art Museum Young Curators: Those Little Things"
at the Pierro Gallery of South Orange, NJ
May 8 - May 27, 2014
One of the two books is "Danish Story," 2013, illustrated below.
Three of my print collages from the "Balkan Palimpsest" series will be in
"Cartography: Artists as Mapmakers"
at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY (Finger Lakes region)
June 6 - August 17, 2014