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Stop1 Projects | No I.C.E.

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Current On View Dates: May 18 – November 3, 2024

Current Location (Public Art): MoCADA Abolition House, House 7A Nolan Park, Governors Island 


Inaugural Viewing Dates: May 12 – September 5, 2023

Inaugural Location (Public Art): MoCADA BK, 80 Hanson Place Brooklyn 


Originally created in collaboration with MoCADA and Kickstarter, STOP1 Projects first delivered “NO I.C.E.”, an interactive public art work that transforms the bodega ice vending machine into a platform for immigration rights awareness in 2022. After a 1.5-year presentation at MoCADA Culture Lab in Brooklyn, “NO I.C.E.” returns to MoCADA, this time making a stop at MoCADA Abolition House on Governors Island.

Utilizing the familiarity of the ice box as an entry point, while centering the Immigration Customs Enforcement agency “I.C.E.” acronym to articulate a powerful double meaning, ‘NO I.C.E.’ raises a mirror to the viewer’s gaze. It is a lens that extricates language and images to challenge perceptions of American identity beyond the confines of nationalism, ethnicity, and race.

The signature project of STOP1 Projects, this public art sculpture integrates visual motifs found in the streets of N.Y.C. and iconography sourced from various representations of Immigration Customs Enforcement agency (I.C.E.) to raise awareness about the plight of immigrants in America.

“Current U.S. migrant and immigration detention policies have eroded the principles of tolerance and inclusivity that underpin our social fabric and our common humanity. The NO I.C.E. BOX challenges these policies through nuanced art expression and encourages viewers to recognize the disparities between their personal identities and those of immigrants across the country. With backers’ support, we can amplify and deepen the discourse around immigration reform while building resilience among our immigrant communities,” according to STOP 1 founders Sajjad Musa and Roger Ferney Cortés.

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To visit the Flaunt: Being the Dream exhibition, visit us at MoCADA Abolition House at House 7A Nolan Park on Governors Island.

MoCADA Abolition House is open Friday – Sunday 12-6 PM from May 17 – November 3, 2024. Admission is free for all ages.


STOP 1 is a NYC-based multidisciplinary design workshop and studio. STOP 1s were traditional corner stores throughout the city where culture and community converged. They were public spaces where people in the neighborhood could meet, share stories, and create. The workshop and studio extends the metaphor of this communal corner by creating art that aims to transform public spaces through the prioritization of community, creativity, conversation, self-determination, and storytelling.




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