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.
A photograph from my series "Stories End" is included in the online exhibition
"My Sense of Place"
that accompanied an exhibit by Kiki and Seton Smith at
Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
Good News:
  • The Queens Council on the Arts has awarded me a
    second "Su Casa" artist residency to create a
    community arts project at a Queens senior center
  • Printed Matter selected me to be in the (now-
    canceled) April Los Angeles Art Book Fair at the  
    Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
2020 is starting to look busy.  
The Freyberger Gallery at Berks State
College in Reading, PA invited me and seven
other artists to create work based on the
humanities for the exhibition:
"Engaging Perceptions: A Collaboration
of Scholars and Artists"
January 16 - February 20, 2020  
I'll be exhibiting new photopolymer etchings
that continue my series about refugees:
"Time to Leave," and an installation of sewn
Risograph prints from my book project
about migrant children in US custody.
"Do You Want, Do You
Need" 2019, 26.5 x 33.5"
The exhibition
on the theme of the Holocaust and
intolerance, will include three of my early
book works from 2004, altered books
about the Holocaust,
curated by Dr. Catherine Lewis
at Moon Gallery, Berry College,
Mt. Berry, Georgia
January 13 - February 13, 2020
One of the etchings from my "Time to Leave" series
will be on exhibit in Berlin, Germany at
Institut für Alles Mögliche
curated by Dorit Jordan Dotan in the exhibition
"i am/ an immigrant"
Opening March 5, 2020
Local Project Art Space,
11-27 44th Road, Long Island City, NY 11101
is exhibiting two etchings from my
"Time to Leave" series for their exhibition  
"Night & Day"
February 20 - March 14, 2020
Two of my artists' books will be in the exhibition
curated by Maria Pisano,
at Hunterdon Art Museum,
7 Lower Center St.,Clinton, New Jersey
May 10 - September 6, 2020
"I Crossed Borders"