Papermaking for a Livable Future: Artist Talk & Demo

with Hannah Chalew
Wednesday, September 22; 4:30–6:30pm CT

Join us for a virtual artist talk and demo with Hannah Chalew, a New Orleans-based artist, activist, and educator. Chalew’s artwork explores what it means to live in a time of global warming with a collective uncertain future—and specifically what that means for those living in Southern Louisiana. Through research and experimentation over the last few years, Chalew developed a paper made with bagasse (ground sugarcane) and plastic waste called “plasticane.”

With this paper, Chalew creates large scale, sculptural drawings that explore the historical legacies of white supremacy and capitalism that have been a throughline from the time of enslavement to our current petrochemical age to help imagine new possibilities for a livable future. Learn more about Chalew and get a glimpse into how she processes her unique materials, including new techniques with paper-casting.

Hannah Chalew’s work is part of Solastalgia: Book Art and the Climate Crisis, a virtual exhibition, which will also be available to view in person at MCBA’s main gallery in September 2021. The virtual exhibition runs from June 11 until October 17, 2021.

Certificate: 2 hours, Category C

$15 for BIPOC participants
We are offering a reduced rate to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) participants to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom this does not apply, register at the rate listed first and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make reduced rates available.

What you’ll need to participate: For this live virtual artist talk, you are invited to ask questions via Zoom’s Chat feature. Access to a camera is not necessary. You will receive step-by-step instructions for downloading Zoom (it’s free!) and accessing the event online approximately 2 days before the event’s start date.

Please note: Registration closes 9/19 at midnight (CT).