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.
One of my books will on exhibit at Redland Museum Queensland, Australia, in:
"Personal Histories - International Artist Book Exhibition"
October 12 - November 30, 2014
A 4' x 8' banner combining my new interest in writing poetry
with visual images
is in the exhibition
"Emerald City"
sponsored by Projects for Empty Space + Solo(s) Project House:
at
Gateway Gallery, 2 Gateway Center, Newark, NJ
August 7 - October 2, 2014; open Tues. - Thurs. 11 - 6 pm.






Detail, "From Newark," at Gateway Gallery
Three of my print collages from the "Balkan Palimpsest" series are in
"Cartography: Artists as Mapmakers"
at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY (Finger Lakes region)
June 6 - August 17, 2014
I will be showing a photo-collage and altered books at
"From There to Here: Migration and Immigration"
Paul Robeson Gallery, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ
September 2 - December 24, 2014
Opening Reception Sept 11, 2014, 5 pm - 7 pm
Detail, "What Was," a
photo-collage using replies
from different immigrants
about what they miss about
their homeland.
I'm pleased to be invited to be on an artists' panel November 17 as part of a
symposium about this project at the Univ. of Indiana, Indianapolis. I'll be posting
more information about the symposium as it becomes available.