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New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium: Zoe Beloff on Between Worlds: The Status of the Refugee and the Undocumented in New York

October 2, 2018, 11:00 PM

New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium: Zoe Beloff on Between Worlds: The Status of the Refugee and the Undocumented in New York

Bob and Sheila Hoerle Lecture Hall, Room UL105, University Center
General Public 

Zoe Beloff will discuss an ongoing body of work that explores the relationship between fascism in the 1930s in the United States and its resurgence today. Zoe's focus is on the status of the refugee and the undocumented in New York City and beyond. Her work takes the form of three elements in dialog with each other: a panoramic history painting on cardboard, a film and a documentary picture book. The focus of Zoe’s Comic Symposium presentation will be on her book Between Worlds, which follows the journey of an asylum seeker in the United States. His story is both unique and representative of the millions uprooted by conflict throughout the world who are attempting to start a new life in America. Since filming his journey and incarceration in an immigration detention center was impossible, Zoe decided to draw his experiences as he described them to her.

Zoe Beloff is an artist and filmmaker. Her projects often involve a range of media including films, drawings and archival documents organized around a theme. Her work aims to connect the present to past so that it might illuminate the future in new ways. Themes include proposals for new forms of community (The Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society and its Circle 1926 – 1972 or The Days of the Commune staged as series of street performances) and new ways about thinking about labor in (The Infernal Dream of Mutt and Jeff and Emotions Go to Work).

Zoe particularly enjoys working in alternative spaces that are free and open to the community for events and conversations. These have included, in New York City, The Coney Island Museum, Participant, Momenta and The James Gallery at the CUNY Graduate Center. You can find more about her projects at

Presented by Parsons School of Design and Illustration Program Director Ben Katchor.

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