Join our conversation with Brooklyn Navy Yard-based artist and restauranteur Charlotta Janssen. In this current historical moment, where we face a dual crisis of pandemic and unrest over racial injustice, Charlotta finds herself and and her work intersecting with both. Born to German parents in Maine, she had a peripatetic childhood, living in Iran and winding up back in Germany to study art, but she eventually dropped out to travel the world as an an artist and street performer, landing in New York in 1995. For over 20 years she has run French bistro Chez Oskar in Bed-Stuy while continuing her art career, and following the 2008 election, she began a series of works inspired by mugshots of the Freedom Riders and other civil rights activists.
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