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Ali Fitzgerald is an artist and writer living between Paris and Berlin, which is slightly less pretentious//exciting than it sounds.
She is a regular contributor to the The New Yorker, where she writes and draws a monthly column called "America!" She also wrote and drew the popular comic Hungover Bear and Friends for McSweeney's and currently contributes comics to the Book Section of the New York Times.
She also created a monthly visual column for Art das Kunst Magazin and a weekly comic for New York Magazine’s the Cut called "Bermuda Square."
Other comics//drawings have appeared in The Guardian, the Huffington Post, Art21, Vox.com, Modern Painters, Gastronomica, Berlin Quarterly, and Bitch Magazine . Her artwork has been exhibited in the U.S. and Europe as well as mentioned in the Economist, Bookriot, the Atlantic, the New York Times, Artlies, Varoom Magazine, The Guardian, Art in America, Afar Magazine, the Tagesspiegel, Dadada Magazine and Tip Magazin.
She contributed arts writing to the e-magazine Art21 from 2010 to 2016, where she started the column Queer Berlin in 2013. She has also written for Daily Serving, ...might be good, Pastelegram, New York Arts Magazine, Granta and the New Yorker.
Lectures and Workshops:
In the Summer of 2015 she began a weekly comic workshop with asylum-seekers which was supported by Comic Invasion and Amnesty International. The comic workshops and the drawings created were featured in Bento.de, the Taggespiegel and Amnesty International Magazine.
In the Spring of 2016 she gave a keynote lecture on Visual Storytelling as a Tool to Affect Social Change at the Lesbians Who Tech Summit in San Francisco. In May 2016, she gave a comics lecture and workshop at the National Library in Germany. In 2018, she gave visual storytelling workshops at the University of Bath and Shakespeare and Company in Paris.
In the fall of 2018 she did a book tour for “Drawn to Berlin: Comic Workshops in Refugee Shelters and Other Stories from a New Europe,” which included talks at the Skowhegan art space in New York, Quincy’s in Chicago, Politics and Prose in Washington D.C. and the Portland Book Festival.
In 2019 she gave artist talks and comic workshops at Davidson College, the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, Grafill in Norway and the University of Mississippi. In 2020 she had a solo exhibition at SP2 Gallery in Berlin and completed a series of comic-murals for the Humboldt Forum.
In 2017 she was awarded the Cornish Fellowship with the Center for Cartoon Studies. And in early 2018 she was awarded the Georgia Fee Fellowship in Paris through Artslant. In the Spring of 2018 she collaborated with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to create a series of drawings about Magritte to coincide with their exhibition of his works.
Her critically acclaimed first graphic nonfiction book, "Drawn to Berlin: Comic Workshops in Refugee Shelters and Other Stories from a New Europe" was published in late 2018 with Fantagraphics. It was named one of the best comics of 2018 by New York Magazine: Vulture and won the Independent Publisher’s award for best graphic book of 2019.
In the fall of 2020 she will be a resident at the Maison des Artistes in Angoulême, France.
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