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.
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A monoprint with mixed media: "They Matter: Walter Scott"
in the exhibition
I Breathe With You
at the August Savage Gallery, University of Massachusetts Amherst,
March 22 - May 6, 2016
"They Matter: Walter Scott"
The New Jersey Arts Annual 2016
has work from my series: "Homilies for the 99%"
at the
Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University,
2200 Fairmount Ave., Atlantic City, NJ
April 6 - July 28, 2016
"Do and Dare"   
16 x 16" collage with mixed media
Work from my series "Homilies for the 99%" will be in the upcoming
exhibition I curated at Manhattan's Westbeth Gallery,
55 Bethune St., corner Washington, New York, NY 10014:
"Unpacking the 21st Century - Artists Engaging the World"
June 4 - 25, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 4, 6 pm - 8 pm
Prose, Poetry and Performance: Wednesday, June 8, 7 pm - 9 pm: Readings
by poets Bhisham Bhwerani and Terese Svoboda; Performance: "'E' as in
Event" by dancer Luis Lara Malvacias, spoken words by poet Judah Levenson.
Artists' Talk: Saturday, June 18, 3 pm: Aliza Augustine, Aileen Bassis,
Patricia Cazorla, Patricia Dahlman and Nancy Saleme
I recently took a class at School of Visual Arts, learned how to print on a
Risograph machine, and made a limited-edition book: "In My Country," that is on
exhibit at
abecedarian gallery, Denver, CO in their show
The Printed Page II
February 19 - April 2, 2016
My book has 14 pages with two gatefolds, and incorporates texts from
conversations with immigrants. I asked them what they missed about their
native land, and used their answers in this book.  
"In My Country"
Artist Book
Fathers, Brothers, Sons
is an all-media exhibition that speaks to pivotal moments of discovery in the lives
of self-identifying males – as experienced or witnessed by the artist.
I started working on a series about black men missing from our society after
reading a newspaper article about this last spring.  My four-page double-sided
artist book: "They Are Missing," is in this exhibition.  
Space Camp, 16 West North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201
Opening Reception: May 6, 2016
Presented by Maryland Institute College of Art's MFA in Curatorial Practice Class of
2017 and supported in part by Friends of Curatorial Practice and Graduate Studies.
"They are Missing"
My piece " Muslim Conversation (F)" will be on exhibit in
Freedom Imagined/Freedom Lived
at the Boyle Family Gallery at the J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts at
Lindenwood University, Saint Charles, MO
May 19 - June 17, 2016
"Muslim Conversation
(F)"
photo with pencil
I've been invited to an artist residency in Italy for the month of September,
2016 by the Associazione Culturale SabinARTi.  I'll be creating an altered book
project about the lives of older residents of this small town in the Sabina  
region culminating in an exhibition there.