Women's Activism NYC

Ruth Sergel

1962 - Today

By: Jude Calder | Date Added:

"It is not that one person alone can do everything; many of our problems are deeply systemic, but we can be part of a collective body that reimagines the world." - Ruth Sergel, See You In The Streets Born in New York City, Ruth Sergel is an artist and agitator. From fiction films created with communities to public interventions, interactive documentaries and performances, her projects explode out traditional mediums to bridge art and technology, memory and wonder inciting individual and social transformation. Ruth is the creator of Chalk, the annual public art intervention and living memorial to the Triangle Factory workers and she is the founder of the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition. She conceived and created Voices of 9.11, A People’s Archive, collecting over 500 video testimonies in New York City, Shanksville, PA, Washington D.C. and the Pentagon. Ruth's award-winning films have screened at New York City's MoMA, Tribeca Film Festival and aired on PBS and the Independent Film Channel (IFC). Her work has been exhibited at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Anthology Film Archives, and 3LD Art + Technology Center among others. International exhibition includes Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival (France), Shift Festival (Basel) and Théâtre de la Ville (Paris). Her film, The Originals, was created in collaboration with Penn South, the affordable housing cooperative instigated by the ILGWU. Her first solo exhibition, Tikkun Olam, was presented at Kunstverein Grafschaft Bentheim. Immerwährende Verwandlung, an interactive cabinet of wonders, was commissioned and is on permanent exhibition at Universität Hamburg. In 2011, Ruth was honored to be included in the Community Leaders Briefing Series at the Obama White House. Her first book, See You in the Streets! Art, Action + Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, won the 2017 American Book Award.

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