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Asia Sztencel's Social Practice Art

One Day Art Pop-up in a Nooklyn Rental Space

Story by Nooklyn November 17th, 2015

“ When I moved to New York I wanted to be a painter. But painting was not enough for me... I’m a social practice artist.”

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.

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Step one

Provide free painting workshops in Greenpoint’s beautiful McGorlick Park using cardboard boxes and iconic landscapes of NY.

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Step two

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.

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Step Three

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.”

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Step four

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!

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Footnote: words and photos by Talya Chalef for Nooklyn.com
87 Norman Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, United States
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