Building Stories


Building Stories Opening Reception
Friday, October 6, 6:00pm
Flux Factory, 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City

Building Stories is an exhibition of recent works by fellows in More Art‘s 2016 Engaging Artists Fellowship focused on housing justice.

The exhibit will include a video installation with the stories told by Louie “KR.ONE” Gasparro, Jim Hawkins, Gary Lucero, Yvette Ramirez, and Roxanne Shante at last June’s LIC & Astoria Love Letter event.
At this participatory installation, sit down and listen to true life stories about Astoria, Queensbridge, and Long Island City, read the neighborhood love notes written at our events, and write your own neighborhood love note.

The Building Stories exhibition will be open from October 6th – 15th.

Focusing on issues of gentrification, police brutality, affordable housing, preservation, and tenant rights, each Engaging Artists Fellow partnered with community organizations throughout New York City, including: Chinatown Tenants Union, Movement for Justice en El Barrio, New York Cares, FUREE, Eviction Intervention Services, and Queens Neighborhoods United, among others.
Each project takes a critical approach to the way neighborhoods shape the lives of their inhabitants, how inhabitants shape the environments they call home and envision ways to contest space-based structural inequality and displacement. The projects in Building Stories take form as sculpture, installation, video, story circles, and photography. The exhibition as a whole envisions the city as a living ecology of generative feedback loops between infrastructure, power structures, individuals, and communities.

Building Stories Story Circle
Thursday, October 12, 7:00pm
Flux Factory, 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City

Tonight’s edition of Flux Factory’s monthly Flux Thursday Potluck addresses housing, space and community, in tandem with the parallel exhibitions Self Storage and Building Stories.
We are holding a story circle workshop that invites participants to share memories and personal stories about your experiences related to Long Island City, displacement, and resistance. Listen to neighbors’ stories, tell your own, and join in a community discussion.

7pm – Potluck Dinner

7:45 – Self Storage presentations by:
* Will Owen, co-curator of Self Storage
* Tamara Pittman from Proteus Gowanus
* Jevijoe Vitug Theabangguard + Maureen Catbagan with POC POP-UP and La Guardia
* Erica Dawn Lyle of Scam Zine & Art In America

8:30 – Story Circle with Bridget Bartolini for More Art’s Building Stories

Free event. Please bring food or drink to share for the potluck.