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Susan Simensky Bietila

Susan Simensky Bietila has been an activist artist since the mid-1960s. Her media include printmaking, drawing, documentary and art photography, murals, and installations. She has collaborated in street theater, making innumerable props, puppets and banners during the past half-century. Simensky Bietila has written art history and art criticism, and her art has been widely published in the United States and beyond. She was drawing and collaging for The Guardian, the radical US newsweekly, during the height of the Vietnam War, and then for the Second Wave feminist collective that took over the NY underground newspaper The Rat. For more than a decade, she has been a regular contributor and co-editor of World War 3 Illustrated. Other publications by Simensky Bietila include the “Free Speech Fights” chapter in Wobblies: A Graphic History and a lengthy interview about the separation of politics and art in the United States in the 1960s in Allan Antliff’s Anarchy and Art (1998; republished in German and Portuguese editions).