Home Studios Publication
Artistic Discipline: Interdisciplinary
Category: Brooklyn Arts Fund
Grant Year: 2021
Location: Crown Heights

Home Studios Publication will gather interviews and photographs of artworks, created during the pandemic and the times of protests, by six Brooklyn-based artists. Interviews were initiated in the summer of 2020, in partnership with FiveMyles, as a way to directly support artists, and will be concluded through this project, in a publication in 2021. Participating artists include: Mildred Beltre, Oasa DuVerney, Farideh Sakhaeifar, Baseera Khan, Hidemi Takagi, and Bahar Behbahani. The benefiting artists all create socially engaged work. Artists are at the center of the art world, and we want to make sure they are treated as such. During the pandemic, many of them have been struggling. The pause, reflection, pain, and hope, have all creeped into their creative process. Through their work, e.g. picking up old projects, re-directing their focus. Strength and resilience are what we all can learn from these artists. The goal of the project is to support creative process of the artists, but also to inspire Brooklynites to focus on what’s important to them, to encourage all of us to nurture the sense of community, because this is essentially how we, humans, heal. The outcomes are 200 publications that will be disseminated at no cost to local arts institutions, community centers, libraries, and educational institutions. The publication will be a catalyst for conversations on community building, gender and race equalities, and wider sense of inclusion in the world.