Bringing Back the Future: An Interview with Alicia Grullon by Jehan Roberson
In Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory from Francis & Taylor
Published on June 25th, 2019
Photo: copyright Alicia Grullon "Woman Holding a Balance", 2016
All the Things We Believe In- Artist Book
All the Things We Believe In, 2018 is a photographic monograph of images taken on Yeonpyeongdo, the northern most islands of South Korea during an artist residency with Korea Arts Forum. This is the first version of the book printed in Korea for an exhibition Peaceful Land curated by Heng Gil-Han. The residency invited artists from South Korea, USA, China, and North Korea (although they were not able to make it) to consider the Korean War and present ramifications of political decision made.
This monograph has not been printed in the US yet. Some captions are subject to change.
2018- project broadside accompanying Surge the video.
I was commissioned by the Point CDC and the Lincoln Center Resiliency Project to work with community residents on ideas around what resiliency looks like in Hunts Point. Through conversations with teens in Hunts Point ,small business owners there, and climate Scientist Debra Tillinger we created a broadside with much of the information and ideas that were talked about and we felt necessary to cull together. The image here shows the front and and back cover of this broadside that was 11” x 15” and opened up to large 22” x 30” revealing a poster in the center. 2 Hunts Point teens contributed a poem and illustrations specifically about their experiences with environmental racism. Surrounding the title Surge on the front page is a poem by Aaliyah Daniels. In the center is an illustration by Matthew Baez. The back page shows an image from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. In many of my workshops many teens do not have a recollection of Katrina as they do of hurricane Sandy. Below the images is the 1991 Principles of Environmental Justice, which I cover in workshops. During the People’s Climate March, we in the Bronx always started our meetings acknowledging this text.
This PDF does not contain center information on Sewage System mitigation developed especially for this project by Dr. Debra Tillinger. Stay tuned!
EMPANAR was commissioned by The Bronx River Art Center vis the Department of Cultural Affairs Immigrant Culture Initiative. Due to the crisis facing our borders I felt that I could not do a project about immigrant culture without considering the current issue affecting communities and immigrant culture in New York and the US. To prepare for the project I volunteered with New Sanctuary Coalition in order to learn more about immigrants rights. The front cover image (on the left) includes an immigrant prayer and family recipe shared with me by an immigrant I interviews. The ideas behind the project was to use food as a way to share know your rights information and food, because it is through food that many migrants make a living. It is also the only context which many people in the US come into contact with migrants. The back page has illustrations by high school students of know your rights for people who are unable to read in English.