Fri, Aug 12, 1pm - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 7pm

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SUBMERGING showcases the work of QTIBIPoC (queer/trans/intersex black and indigenous people of color) visual artists and performers while fundraising to support QTIBIPoC centered local political/justice projects. This year SUBMERGING is fundraising for F2L, an NYC based project fighting prison and police violence. We've teamed up with F2L to create a summer fundraising campaign, Freedom To Live, with a $10,000 goal!

Participating Artists

Abdu Ali
Alli Logout
Andisa Montez
Ariel Jackson A’13
Ashley Teamer
Ayqa Khan
David Antonio Cruz
DeVonn Francis  A’15
eduardo restrepo
Gabbah Baya
Isaac Kariuki
Isabel Alicia Baptista Gomez  A’14
Jay Boogie
Jon Cuba  A’15
Maja Griffin  A’17
Mister Wallace
Mohini Hewa
Oscar Ñn
Quay Dash


8.12 Opening reception

8.18 Video art screening

8.20 Zine fair

8.25 Closing reception

The gallery will be open to the public daily from August 12 - 25, 1 – 7 p.m.

About F2L

F2L works to support queer and trans people of color in New York State whose lives are impacted by the prison-industrial complex. F2L is a volunteer run project primarily made up of queer and trans people of color in NYC that provides jail, court, media and housing aid to individuals targeted by the prison system, as well as to the communities who are supporting their cases.

The United States incarcerates more of its population than any other country on earth—this cycle of incarceration specifically affects Black people, Indigenous people, and communities of color. Within those communities we see disproportionate rates of incarceration for LGBTQGNCTSI people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and people with disabilities. Nearly 8 percent of all individuals in state and federal prisons identify as LGBTQ, and 1 out of 5 trans women will spend some portion of their lives locked up.1 A recent report by Black & Pink found that 85% of its LGBTQ respondents have been in solitary confinement and approximately half have spent 2 or more years there.2 People of color were twice as likely to be put in solitary confinement. In addition, respondents were 6 times more likely to be sexually assaulted than the general prison population.

These statistics are only a glimpse into the daily lived violence faced by queer and trans communities of color. F2L’s goal is to directly support impacted individuals while envisioning an end to police and prison violence through fundraising, advocacy and organizing.

Located in the 41 Cooper Gallery, located in 41 Cooper Square, on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.