Meet Asia Sztencel, a Greenpoint based, Polish born artist whose practice is “art connected with activism’. So,” she tells us, “it’s socially engaged art.”
With a grant from the CultureShock Foundation, Asia set out to create a four step art project involving local Brooklyn kids, their parents and families abroad.
Provide free painting workshops in Greenpoint’s beautiful McGorlick Park using cardboard boxes and iconic landscapes of NY.
Hold an exhibition where parents and kids get to mingle (and eat!).
“Creating this exhibition, at 87 Norman, was also creating a community.” Asia told us.
Give those boxes to parents who in turn will post them as packages abroad.
Who doesn’t like a brightly hand painted package for Xmas?
Asia says, “As an artist, I’m trying to pinch them with some kind of activity or experience.”
Go to Poland where (most) of the packages will be sent, trace those same packages and hold an exhibition of the artworks for family and friends!
“When kids are sending their packages, they’re not just sending a box, they’re sending their landscape. ….Landscapes are very important to immigrants. You know, you can’t always carry your landscape with you.. it’s this really nostalgic thing.” Asia tells us.
Thank you Asia for art and community!