skip to Main Content

Stephanie Dinkins – Book Bench

Consistent with the themes of her larger body of work, which investigate literacy as something various and plural (from food literacy to street literacy to the literacy of language), Stephanie Dinkins’ 2007 Create Change project placed books at its center. In addition to a free “bring one/take one” community book exchange, Stephanie built a bench made out of books that served as a stage for a public performance in which she quite literally sat and read. In the context of her Bed-Stuy neighborhood where the library had been closed for more than a year, there is only one bookstore for miles (versus the bounty of bodegas, and liquor stores), and those privileged enough to spend time in cafes quite often do so with computers and ipods in tow…the act of reading was quite possibly revolutionary.

Back To Top