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Kate Cheney Chappell: Earth Matrix

This suite of collagraphs explores our frayed relationship with the natural world, in particular, the harm done to frogs and other amphibians as a result of human contamination of their habitats.

January 31, 2021 · 2 Comments

Willem Kusserow-Lair: The Cycle

Don’t let anyone tell you anything is separate in this world.

January 26, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: Negative Space

Based on a 150-word poem by Ron Koertge, “Negative Space” is a short animated film that depicts a father-and-son relationship through the art of packing a suitcase.

January 24, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: The Nazi Officer’s Wife

Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her into a ghetto and then into a slave labor camp. When she returned home months later, she knew she would become a hunted woman and went underground. Then she met Werner Vetter, a Nazi Party member who fell in love with her.

January 16, 2021 · 6 Comments

Video: Maurice

Everything would be fine. Maurice had made up his mind. Pick a date, announce his retirement, sell the car, see old friends, and empty the garage. Then, die with dignity.

January 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

Martina Reisz Newberry: Ode to Escrava Anastacia

Dear phantom,
I have nothing save love
for you.

December 30, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: After Anyuta

In this modern reimagining of Anton Chekhov’s short story “Anyuta” (1886), a young woman spends the day posing as a life model for both a medical student and a neighboring artist.

December 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

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December 26, 2020 · 6 Comments

Video: The Chicks | March March

“If your voice held no power, they wouldn’t try to silence you.”

December 26, 2020 · 4 Comments

S. Brent Rodriguez-Plate: Here’s why Christmas movies are so appealing this holiday season

Holiday movies are popular not simply because they are “escapes.” Rather, these films offer viewers a glimpse into the world as it could be.

December 21, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: Buskers

Buskers is the story of Packo, a young Dubliner, and Milos, a Romanian immigrant, who battle to secure a space to beg at a Dublin train station. After a comical … Continue reading

December 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

Christine Fair: The Revenge of Farkhunda

The mullah falsely accused Farkhunda of burning a Quran. Those who overheard the allegation immediately decided that she must be killed. She was beaten with bats, stomped upon, and driven over by a car after which her body was dragged by a car and then immolated. Her real crime? She had the temerity as a woman to challenge superstitious practices propounded by ignorant male clerics.

December 19, 2020 · 1 Comment

Martín Ramírez: Self-taught Master

Born in Jalisco, Mexico, Martín Ramírez (1895 – 1963) is widely known as one of the preeminent self-taught masters of the 20th Century.

December 13, 2020 · 2 Comments

Robert Gibb: Angels in Homestead

Pale, sentinel, their stone wings
Open behind them, they stood about
As though the afterlife meant
To impress itself upon us

December 6, 2020 · 1 Comment

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