Grandmothers often teach us some of life’s most powerful lessons, but loving ourselves unconditionally might be the biggest one.
For filmmaker Serena Dykman, “NANA” is even more than a Holocaust documentary: it’s a family exploration and a political call to action.
The question “Will I make it?” leads a first-generation American in her career aspirations and continues to drive her independent journey far away from her family.
For my mother and grandmother, going to work each day and coming home with a paycheck was not an option.
A floppy hat and housedress became tools for subversion in the hands of comedian Jackie “Moms” Mabley. Born in the late 1800s, Mabley gained national fame by adopting a persona as a bawdy, mischievous grandmother.
Artist Dot Vile works in textiles with the delicacy of a surgeon with a scalpel, weaving a narrative out of construction materials and cloth that captures the combination, and often juxtaposition, of the male-female dynamic.
My grandmother introduced me to “I Capture the Castle” by Dodie Smith. “It was her favorite book,” I’d say, “and I was her favorite grandchild.”
“We don’t always know what the hell’s going on, and we often start asking questions during arbitrary moments,” explains poet and visual artist Bianca Stone.