By commissioning the Center to facilitate workshops, conduct research, and create projects, publications and programs, you can support the broader aims of this work. Please email us to inquire about any of the following offerings:
Workshop Design & Facilitation – the Center offers workshop design and facilitation for organizations and groups looking to develop and realign with liberatory values. Our workshops are created in close conversation with our partners in order to create intentional and compassionate access-centered spaces. Past partners have included the Design Justice Network Care Pod and Curationist.
Research & Publishing – the Center conducts research and publishes materials on autonomy, self-governance, and collective liberation. As seasoned publishers, we have developed equitable and compassionate processes for participatory research that center narratives and identities that have been historically suppressed and misrepresented by mainstream industries.
Projects – As a nomadic organization, our long-term projects and programs intentionally come to life through partnerships. We’re excited to co-build site-specific initiatives with values-aligned groups. As Mariame Kaba says, “Nothing that we do that is worthwhile is done alone.”
Press Press & Center for Liberatory Practice & Poetry
All profits from our online store go directly back into Center programming.
A fundraiser to support Press Press in maintaining their monthly costs.
Shipping in mid January 2023.
Friends & Family – we need your support to meet our most basic monthly expenses. We are selling a limited edition of 20 banners with statements that emerged from our 2018 Sanctuary Manifesto. All proceeds go directly back into our organization and make a huge difference for us in the coming months. We aren’t able to process sliding scale payments on our online store, so banners are selling for $100 each. If you are interested in grabbing one for more or less, you can email us directly and we’ll do our best to process this! If you’d like to make a smaller donation (every dollar helps) you may also do so by sending a gift via PayPal using our email: email@example.com. Banners will ship out all at once later this month. This sale is for individual buyers, interested intitutions may contact us directly for the institutional price.
Banners are 24” X 36” lightweight canvas, hemmed on the edges.
Thank you so much y’all. ︎
Commune Diverge Shift Connect: Press Press’s Organizational Handbook
Co-published by Insitute for Expanded Research and Press Press (pre-order)
Launching in Spring 2023.
Commune Diverge Shift Connect: Press Press’s Organizational Handbook develops, collects, and shares emergent models and methodologies for collective work that aid in the efforts of cultural organizers. Developed throughout a collaborative engagement between Press Press and Institute for Expanded Research from 2018 - 2022, the publication traces the relationships, ideas, historic events, and projects that constitute Press Press’s fluid organizational structure.
This incomplete and intimate archive of Press Press’s body of work includes case studies of past projects, interviews with core collective members, and contributions by Yellow Jackets Collective, Devin N. Morris, Lynnette Miranda, and Cameron Shaw. The publication also includes Toolkit for Cooperative, Collective, & Collaborative Cultural Work, a guide for collective processes that centers the insights and learnings of Press Press’s community members.
Commune was produced over a four year period in which long-term friends, Kimi Hanauer and Lu Zhang, met weekly to discuss the project as well as the changing circumstances of their lives. As such, the project attempts to reflect the shifts, incongruencies, and messiness of collective work. The making of Commune was guided by the editorial vision of collective members: Vale Cabezas, Kimi Hanauer, Lo, and Bilphena Yahwon. Designed by Sonnenzimmer, the publication is composed of four booklets gathered in a handmade screen printed box.
Pre-order the book at our virtual table from October 13th - 23rd or in person at the Printed Matter NY Art Book Fair this weekend.
shipping in Spring 2023
P is for Pussy by Taya Hanauer
Published in 2018.
P is for Pussy (Bookstore Foundation, Amsterdam, 2017) was an exhibition and research project by Taya Hanauer utilizing combined artistic, academic, and curatorial strategies. It sought to show the underlying connection between the narrative of art history and representations of women, as explored through the symbolism of the cat. This exhibition catalogue contains essays about the exhibitions' central themes and narratives.
Center for Liberatory Practice & Poetry is supported through individual and crowd-sourced donations and our commissioned offerings. In 2022, the Center was awarded a Lightening Fund, a regional regranting program of the Andy Warhol Foundation administered by Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. If you’d like to support our work directly, you may send a donation via Venmo to: @practiceliberation, hire us to facilitate workshop and conduct research, or commission us to do our heart’s work – create new projects, publications, and programs.