100 New Yorkers: In Conversation with Mona Chalabi
Date(s) - 10/01/2020
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Lower Manhattan HQ (LMHQ)
About this Event
Join LMHQ and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) for an exciting conversation with data journalist and multidisciplinary artist Mona Chalabi and Absolut Art Global Creative Director Michelle Grey. Mona and Michelle will discuss Mona’s 100 New Yorkers project, which is being displayed across screens at the Westfield World Trade Center now through November 30 as part of LMCC’s River To River 2020: Four Voices festival.
100 New Yorkers visualizes what the city’s population would look like if it were distilled from its ungraspable millions to a more relatable 100 individuals. Using census data, Mona has created 100 characters that, as accurately as possible, visualize the racial, economic, and social realities of the city’s population. By framing these characters through various statistical lenses, she relays a multitude of nonfiction narratives that tell the story of the New York public, and how environment, health, wealth, physical ability, and education affect how the diverse population lives, dies, and exists in between.
You will also have the opportunity to win a 100 New Yorkers print from Mona and Absolut Art as a prize for the best questions.
About Our Speakers:
Mona Chalabi is a data journalist who lives in New York.
She is a writer. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, New York Magazine, The Guardian and many more. She has written for radio and TV including Netflix (The Fix), BBC (Is Britain Racist?, Radio 4 and The Frankie Boyle show), NPR and National Geographic (Star Talk).
She is also an illustrator whose work has been commended by the Royal Statistical Society. Her work has been exhibited at several galleries including the Tate, The Design Museum and the House of Illustration.
Lastly, she’s a producer and presenter. She’s one half of the team that created the Emmy-nominated video series Vagina Dispatches. And she presented and produced the audio experiment Strange Bird.
Before she became a journalist, Mona worked with large data sets in jobs at the Bank of England, Transparency International and the International Organization for Migration. She studied International Relations in Paris and Arabic in Jordan. Mona was born and raised in London.
100 New Yorkers is presented by LMCC in partnership with Westfield World Trade Center, with support from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as part of River To River 2020: Four Voices. Exclusive Print Partner Absolut Art. Order your prints today!
Michelle Grey is a Creative, Marketing and Programming Director who specializes in both building brands from the ground up and transforming and revolutionizing legacy brands. For the last 20 years, she has shaped some of the most innovative and directional content and programming platforms — from global hospitality brands such as NeueHouse and Soho House to The New York Times’ largest consumer-facing live platform, and Absolut’s global online art gallery.
Michelle has extensive experience conceptualizing and executing cultural programming and live experiences, building membership and cultivating community, creating digital, print, and video content, heading up marketing and communication efforts, and leading brand strategy and creative direction for global corporations.
This event is being offered free of charge, but we welcome you to make an optional donation ($5-20) to keep LMHQ’s programming going strong while our doors remain temporarily closed.