Julian Voloj's "Warrior/Peacemaker: A Graphic Novel"
The Jewish Art Salon, the Kraft Center, Be'chol Lashon and JWalks present: Julian Voloj's "Warrior/Peacemaker: A Graphic Novel"with illustrations by Claudia Ahlering.
Curated by Yona Verwer.
The Columbia / Barnard Kraft Center, 606 West 115th Street, NYC
Tuesday March 12, 2013
6-8 PM Opening Reception,
7 pm Q & A with Benjamin Melendez and Julian Voloj, moderated by Lacey Schwartz, NY Director of Bechol Lashon
March 5 - 20, 2013, Mon - Thurs 9-5, Fri 9-1
Based on interviews with former activists, Julian Voloj tells the story of the 1971 Hoe Avenue Peace meeting; a gang truce that led to thebirth of breakdancing, graffiti, and hip-hop.
The central figure of this graphic novel is Benjamin Melendez, the charismatic founder of the Ghetto Brothers, who shortly after the peace summit discovered and reclaimed his Jewish roots.
“Warrior/Peacemaker” is not only a story about gangs in New York, but, in retracing Melendez’s life story, it’s also a tale about the Puerto Rican migration to the US, a history of economic decline in the South Bronx, and a coming-of-age story about a young man struggling with his many identities.