A Life in Bondage or Among Believers?
by Jean-Marc Superville Sovak in the Watervliet Shaker Journal
The story of Black Shakers may come as a surprise (it was for me) but the story of Betty and Phebe Lane is exemplary of the life of many Black citizens of early 19th-century New York for whom "Gradual Emancipation" meant a transition to a different form of servitude.
Into The Dangerous World by Julie Chibbaro,
art by JM Superville Sovak
Published by Viking, 2015
What happens when a 16-year old girl with a spray can meets a city as big as her ambition? Into the Dangerous World is the coming of age story of Ror becoming an artist.
"[T]his striking combination of story and illustration creates a powerful portrait of a budding artist." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"This bold book wakes us up to an urban tribe who operate in the margins. The powerful, primal art feels so organic to the text, it's hard to imagine one without the other." -- NIKKI GRIMES, award-winning author of Bronx Masquerade
"This story of a young artist’s struggle to find her voice against all odds shimmers with authenticity. Every character feels like someone I’ve known, debating how art fits into their life.” -- RON ENGLISH, acclaimed street artist, culture jammer, and designer of Popaganda.
Illustrations from the novel INTO THE DANGEROUS WORLD
Shifter is a topical publication that lies at the intersection between contemporary art, politics and philosophy.
Originally conceived as an online magazine in order to create an inter-continental “commons,” Shifter now engages in a variety of formats including print publications, public dialogues and exhibitions.
Shifter was first published in 2004 by its founding editor Sreshta Rit Premnath.
Rit Premnath and Avi Alpert are currently organizing a series of public discussions on the subject of unlearning, which will result in a new publication in 2019.