“Don’t Name Me, Call Me Nothing at All”
Collaborators’ Q&A: Writer Nick Almeida: Whether an artist likes it or not, their work is politically contextualized. What makes successful political art, I can’t say. But direct engagement is brave and, from an artist’s perspective, less likely to create accidental or unintended political wrongdoing. It might feel nice to pretend one’s work is in a political vacuum and in conversation with nothing else, but that kind of isolationism is a destructive force in life and art.
Artist Ira Joel Haber’s work has been seen in numerous group shows both in the USA and Europe. His work is in the collections of New York University, The Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum & The Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Writer Nick Almeida is an MFA candidate at the James A. Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas, where he studies fiction. He is the fiction editor for Bat City Review.