How can we live with the massive amounts of information that exist in the world, and that often come at us in such a volume that we don’t know how to make sense of them?
Multidisciplinary artist Mona Chalabi visualizes mountains of data, distilling it into images that crisply convey it into clear images, often instilled with humor. Her newest project includes a print available exclusively through Absolut Art, as well as unfolding across the massive screens of Lower Manhattan’s Westfield World Trade Center campus beginning September 15.
The project is specific to the city where it takes up residence: 100 New Yorkers uses census data on the population of New York, some 8.4 million souls, and represents 100 people, some real, some imagined, who reflect the age, racial and ethnic, economic, and other characteristics of that larger group.
In this way, she interprets the countless stories that make up this huge city, crafting them into a comprehensible form. In the print, a jogger, a hot dog vender, a woman collecting recyclables, various workers in uniform, children and the elderly, a cop, medical professionals and many others weave the fabric that makes up New York City.
Chalabi’s work is being presented by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) in partnership with Westfield as part of River to River 2020: Four Voices along with artworks by Muna Malik, Jean Shin and Asiya Wadud.
Chalabi is not just a visual artist. She’s also a writer whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, New York Magazine, The Guardian and many more. Her artwork has been featured at several museums, including Tate Gallery and the Design Museum, London. As a TV producer and presenter, Chalabi is one half of the duo that created the Emmy-nominated video series Vagina Dispatches.