What is Papergirl?

Papergirl-Brooklyn is an adaptation of the Papergirl Project. Papergirl is an open-sourced art project (see History) that includes a collection, exhibition, and distribution of art submitted by local and international artists. The public can view the art in an interactive exhibition, but the art is not for sale. Rather, the art is later distributed to the public by a group of bicyclists. This unconventional art project disrupts the flow of consumption and brings people in contact with art in their everyday lives. 

Adapting this Project to Brooklyn

Social Change Through Art

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Nosotros reconocemos que el territorio en el que vivimos y trabajamos es la tierra ancestral y la tierra nunca cedida de Lenape. Ofrecemos todo nuestro respeto a los cuidadores originales de esta tierra y sus contribuciones pasadas y presentes.

 

Papergirl-Brooklyn

With physical distancing being a necessary safety measure due to COVID-19, the world has had to rethink the forms in which communities exist and how to foster community outside of social spaces. What does this mean for Papergirl, a project that is based in community and interaction? How will we bring people in contact with new communities and experiences without putting people's health at risk?

Papergirl-Brooklyn (PGBK) has replaced the artist workshops and interactive gallery exhibition with an open-air, multi-location, audio-guided, street exhibition. The exhibition will be accessible on public streets in ten Brooklyn neighborhoods. Visitors are encouraged to visit all locations. We hope that this exhibition will bring people to new neighborhoods and create new relationships between people and places. 

PGBK welcomes artists-- local and international-- to submit rollable, high-quality, non-commercial artwork to this project. The submitted artwork will be documented and shared on our website. Every artist will be included in the open-air exhibition. 

The exhibition will be distributed among a diverse cross-section of ten Brooklyn neighborhoods. Each location will have a unique wheat-pasted banner which will display a portion of the exhibition and include a QR code which directs the visitor to the audio episode for that location. Listeners will be guided through the exhibition and introduced to the neighborhood by a local artist. The audio program will include artist interviews, give additional information about the artwork, and promote local businesses (we hope that visitors explore the neighborhood and stay /return for a drink or visit a shop). The audio program can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection, but visitors are encouraged to visit each exhibition location while listening to the corresponding audio episode. 

The original submitted artwork will be rolled up and given away at random on an undisclosed date (this will make the receiving of the works as random and unforeseen as possible). The artwork will be distributed by a collective group on bicycles who will follow safety protocol to ensure that the distribution of rolls of art is not putting anyone’s health at risk. Pedestrians around Brooklyn will receive rolls of original artwork, each wrapped with an information band about PGBK. This project is about breaking down barriers, creating connections, and investing in Brooklyn without asking for anything in return.

 

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Papergirl-Brooklyn (PGBK) es una acción artística con énfasis social, sostenible y cultural. 

 

Creemos en el cambio social a través del arte, y el propósito de exhibir este proyecto en varios barrios es incentivar la participación en intercambios culturales que de otra manera tal vez no sucederían. El programa de audio es un podcast documental que cuenta la historia de este proyecto de arte, y cada barrio se incluye tomando el papel de personajes. La acción de pararse frente a una compilación de obras de arte en una pared y observarlas es crear una relación con ese lugar y con su entorno.  

   

Brooklyn es resiliente, pero para el camino que aún queda por recorrer, debemos invertir en nuestras comunidades para obtener sistemas más sostenibles. Muchas comunidades en Brooklyn son desvalorizadas y no cuentan con soporte económico suficiente.   

PGB distribuirá el arte y su atención en distintos barrios del distrito evitando enfocarse únicamente en los barrios que tienen mayor concentración artística. Esta exposición será un diálogo entre artistas, los habitantes de Brooklyn y el medio ambiente; siempre que sea posible, utilizaremos materiales y métodos sostenibles y de bajo impacto ambiental.

La cultura puede crear una sociedad más justa. La cultura y el arte están estrechamente unidos, y los artistas constantemente representan y generan cambios culturales en forma creativa. PGB es un ejemplo de cómo se puede invertir en el arte localmente, el audio programa está enfocado en resaltar y celebrar el contraste y diversidad cultural único de cada barrio desde la perspectiva de un artista local; es importante que la comunidad participe en la creación de este proyecto.

 

Invertir en Brooklyn para nosotros significa: producir y exhibir este proyecto en Brooklyn, apoyar y promover la economía local, compartir a través del arte; inspiración, mensajes positivos y de esperanza durante este momento difícil, conocer y conectar con nuevos espacios y personas; no contribuir con impactos negativos al medio ambiente.

Papergirl-Brooklyn

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