Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Printed Matter Post-Election Statement

Printed Matter Post-Election Statement, sent out this morning via email:

Dear Friends,

The U.S. election has shaken our country and we have felt the deep impact it has had on so many within our own community: the artists and publishers that we represent, our staff, our customers, and our audience at large.

In the wake of the election, Printed Matter reaffirms its commitment to social and political justice and to free expression. We stand against all forms of bigotry and political oppression. And we reaffirm that Printed Matter is an open and inclusive space and welcomes all members of the public, regardless of gender, class, race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, medical condition, physical or mental disability.

With new urgency, Printed Matter will continue to provide a physical and online space for the public to engage with activist and political publishing projects by artists. We encourage artists working with activist and political themes to submit their books to Printed Matter through our open submission program. And we are committed to develop Printed Matter as a platform to critique and challenge not only the incoming Trump administration, but the power systems that have made it possible.

We will continue to provide a forum where voices of dissent can speak freely and with amplification—and will support and encourage art that expresses both resistance and hope.

Thank you,

Max Schumann

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