Community / Immigration Panel


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Hank Linhart is an award-winning media artist based in Brooklyn. He has made over 40 short videos, many of which have been screened across the country and internationally, and has curated several shows of media works in galleries and spaces across New York City, including The Video Poetry Show at St. Mark’s Church. He has taught for many years at schools including NYU, SVA and the Pratt Institute, where he was Chairperson of the Media Arts Department. His feature debut, Fearful Visitation, was featured on PBS. Blissville…an Investigation is his second feature.

Rebecca Cooney has been a resident of Blissville since 1990.  In those early years she painted murals on commission and freelanced as an art director, designer, and baby photographer, doing assignments eventually for The New York Times, Time Magazine, Parenting, and others.  She is currently a photo editor at Newsday.


Martynka Wawrzyniak is an artist specializing in multimedia and conceptual art. She was born in Warsaw, raised in New Zealand, and now lives in Brooklyn. She began contributing to art exhibitions around the world in 2003 and had her first solo exhibition, Ketchup, in New York in 2009. Her work has been covered by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, VICE, and Harper’s Bazaar.

PAST STATES (Stany Przeszłe)

Olga Blumczyńska has directed several short videos for the Emigration Museum in Gdynia, Poland, where she serves as Coordinator of the Emigrant Archive. Past States is her first film.

Marta Pawlaczek is a grant writer and project manager for the Culture Shock Foundation in Poland. Since 2009 she has brought her knowledge of philosophy, journalism and cultural studies to coordinating numerous projects that have helped to reinforce and preserve the cultural and historical identities of communities in Warsaw, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn.

Mitch Waxman is a photographer and graphic artist. He was raised in Brooklyn and attended the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. With a background in advertising, printing and comics, he now runs The Newtown Pentacle, a website devoted to photography and the local and natural histories of NYC’s Newtown Creek, and offers tours of the Newtown Creek Watershed.