Video by Apiwich Bangrapimolpong

We’re All In This Together

Designed & Painted by Chris Stain & Josh MacPhee
Curated by Keith Schweitzer 
A presentation of FABLES, a public art program of Fourth Arts Block
Hosted at First Street Green Art Park

In association with Lower East Side History Month

Our current FABLES mural, ‘We’re All In This Together,’ is a celebration of working-class history and liberation struggles in the Lower East Side, inspired by the Women’s Labor Movement. Chris Stain’s social realist portraits of workers are surrounded by Josh MacPhee’s multitude of arms, which flow in, out, over, and around the figures and themselves. The solidity of the portraits is disrupted by the arms, which sweep up the figures, activating them as agents of the history articulated on the placards.

Chris Stain mainly worked from information provided by the Interference Archivewhich explores the relationship between cultural production and social movements. The archive consists of many kinds of objects that are created as part of social movements by the participants themselves: posters, flyers, publications, photographs, books, T-shirts and buttons, moving images, audio recordings, and other materials. Through their programming, they use this cultural ephemera to animate histories of people mobilizing for social transformation.  

This project was executed with the LES History Month theme, “Anarchy and Activism in the LES,” in mind, honoring the various key movements started and continued in the neighborhood. 

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FABLES is made possible, in part, with support from: 

  • The New York State Council on the Arts
  • Con Edison
  • & the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
  • with participation from The City Council

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