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Save the date on March 17th when a talent-packed group of women artists of color join forces in Arrivals/Departures:  Women’s Experience of Migration Under Globalization at the Project Reach 4th Floor Gallery at 39 Eldridge (between Canal and Hester Streets).

The multimedia event is a joint project of AF3IRM and Zero Capital, to help commemorate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month.

The presenting artists are Ana Bravo (Mexican), Besos Not Bombs (Caribe-Latina-American), Maria “TOOFLY” Castillo (Ecuadorian), Tatyana Fazlalizadeh (Iranian-Black American), Athena Magcase Lopez (Filipina), Erin Yoshi (Japanese) and Leilani Montes (Mexican-Guatemalan). The show’s curators are Leilani Montes (Mexican-Guatemalan) and Ninotchka Rosca (Filipina). 

They will be joined on March 18th by Yarida de la Riva (Mexican) for a one-night only performance of One Journey.Closing night on March 31st will feature a Poets & Artists panel, to enable both participants and audience to examine transnationalism, women’s aesthetics and community engagement.

The women are multi-talented, individually and collectively.  They are also immersed in unraveling concepts of identity, community and the Self as Female.  Bravo astounded the art world with her Cruda series; Besos Not Bombs integrates lessons culled from her stay in Indonesia, Tokyo and Spain to advance her politics;  TOOFLY turns graffiti into art, coating New York walls with huge portraits of women;  Fazlalizadeh creates stark paintings and illustrations;  Lopez, who heads the Society of Philippine-American Artists, paints delicately but fiercely; Montes uses video and film;  Yoshi of the Trust Your Struggle Collective is a muralist whose big images are done with a fine touch while de la Riva integrates dance, music and Spoken Word.  They amaze, shock, delight but never disappoint.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the play ($9 each), please contact:  nynj@af3irm.org or call 212.726.2254.

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The Association of Filipinas, Feminists Fighting Imperialism, Re-feudalization, and Marginalization (AF3IRM), is a national organization of women engaged in transnational feminist, anti-imperialist activism. AF3IRM is committed to militant movement-building from the United States and effects change through grassroots organizing, trans-ethnic alliance building education, advocacy and direct action.

AF3IRM (formerly Gabriela Network or GABNet) is the launching of a new organization, based on a comprehensive analysis of class, race, gender, and sexuality focused on conducting militant movement-building from the United States with a transnational, feminist perspective. For the past 20 years, Gabriela Network (GABNet) has engaged in its work from a national democratic perspective, emphasizing support and solidarity for the Philippine movement.

The AF3IRM NY/NJ chapter, a founding chapter with over 21 years of history, operates all over NY and in the Filipino community of New Jersey. Composed of Filipinas and transnational women, NY/NJ has helped organize countless anti-war demonstrations, conducted educational forums around the city, and conducts a School for Women in the summers.

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