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.
Click here for a current list of exhibitions.
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%" is in the
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
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'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.
I'm pleased to have been invited to present my work in artists books at the
22nd NJ Book Artists Symposium
"From Here to There: Concept and Technique in Artists Books"
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
November 4, 2016  
I have a piece in the show
"Interrupted"
which is addresses the concept of loss and longing within our lives.
Ashland University, Coburn Gallery, Ashland, OH
Sept. 1 - 25
, 2016
"Missing in America 3"