Hold These Truths

November 13, 2017 - March 14, 2018

Southeast Queens Biennial

February 9 - April 21, 2018

Melanie Crean

Melanie Crean's Once Upon a Time in the Bronx, commissioned for This Side of Paradise, was a community-engaged collaborative project with teenagers from BronxWorks, a human service organization near the Andrew Freedman Home in the Bronx. Drawing from their own realities and personal experiences, the teenagers re-imagined classic fairy tales based on their own realities. The project began with a survey of media representations of the Bronx, evolved into individual storytelling and theater, and culminated in a deck of 165 playing cards. The cards and ensuing prints allowed for multiple compositions and re-presentations to facilitate conversations on difficult topics. Once Upon a Time in the Bronx exemplifies Crean’s larger body of collaborative, process-based work that explores the relationships between media, history, and social structures of control. 

Once Upon a Time in the Bronx, for No Longer Empty, This Side of Paradise, 2012
Three silkscreen prints and customized card deck
Prints 24 x 19 in. each.
Cards 3.5 x 2.5 in. each; box 2.75 x 3.75 x 3 in.
Courtesy of No Longer Empty
Photo: Courtesy of No Longer Empty