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APICC presents Agrarianaa: Art Inspired by APA Agricultural Roots as the featured visual art exhibition of the United States of Asian America Festival 2019: Collective // Memories.
Co-presented by Asian American Women Artists Association.
Agrarianaa: Art Inspired by APA Agricultural Roots
Agrarianaa is a multimedia exhibition featuring 25 artists and farmers rooted in the rich history of Asian Pacific American agricultural crafts, legacies and community placemaking. Artists in the show reflect on ancestral farming and gardening practices, addressing topics such as migrant labor, environmental activism, land and food sovereignty. Works range from installations mapping out food ways, hand-dyed textiles woven from the spiritual cultivation of the earth, grassroots solidarity among the United Farm Workers movement and more. Agrarianaa includes artists all highlighting how a regenerative agricultural ecosystem can sprout into the resilient spaces necessary to heal and thrive in community.
USAAF 2019 | Festival ReceptionThursday, May 2, 2019 at 6pm is the official reception for the 2019 United States of Asian America Festival (USAAF): Collective // Memories. Agrarinaa kicks off a series of arts events featuring the creative works of API artists in the SF Bay Area.
Closing Reception and Literary Reading
Thu, May 23 @ 6PM
Tue-Fri @ 12-7PM
Sat @ 12-5PM
Angela Angel, Caryl Henry Alexander, Choppy Oshiro, Emerald Maher, Eryn Kimura, Frances Huynh, Grace Hwang Lynch, Hanna Chen, Julio Magaña, Libby Paloma, lisa pradhan, Lucien Kubo, Lydia Nakashima Degarrod, MalPina Chan, O.M. France, Pallavi Sharma, Patricia Ong, Reiko Fujii, Roseli Ilano, roshni kavate, Susie Kagami, Vasudhaa Narayanan, The Rooted Recipes Project, The Round Rock Collective
Sita Bhaumik, Artist, Educator, Writer, and cook with the People’s Kitchen Collective
Aileen Suzara, Land-based Educator, Eco-Advocate, and Cook
Curators: Michelle A. Lee, Diana Li, Erina C. Alejo
Photo: The Round Rock Collective, Keeping, 2019. Image courtesy of artist.
A group exhibition featuring visual artists Kimberley Arteche, Wilfred Galila, Caroline Garcia, and Talaandig artists, Balugto Necosia Jr. and Salima Saway Agra-an, POSTCOLONIAL SURVIVAL KIT addresses the ways Pilipinxs have coped, survived, and adapted to the diasporic life that includes the challenges of racism, marginalization, and the ways that colonization has affected the interpersonal, the familial, and intra-communal relationships. Through sculpture, installation, and media art, POSTCOLONIAL SURVIVAL KIT explores these adaptations and nuances within the diaspora.
Kimberley Acebo Arteche, Wilfred Galila, Caroline Garcia, Marcelino 'Balugto' Necosia Jr, Salima Saway Agra-An
Kularts is the premier presenter of tribal and contemporary Pilipino Arts.
Photo by Wilfred Galila
New MestizX is a state of mind. Defiantly articulated by queer-Xicanx-feminist writer Gloria E. Anzaldúa in 1987, the New MestizX travels the physical and metaphorical ‘in betweens’ of identity and culture. This exhibition unites visual and performing artists of the Filipinx and Latinx diaspora as they unveil new works exploring the multiplicity of selfhood and cross-cultural identity in the Bay Area. The mix of photography, painting, installations and soundscapes opens on 5/24 at Acción Latina’s Juan R. Fuentes Gallery, with an opening party including food, music and performances not to be missed.
Participating Visual Artists
Alyssa Maria Alvarez, Cecilia Cassandra, Harvey Lozada, HyphyWyphy, Joe Ramos, Malaya Tuyay, Momo Dash, Monica Magtoto, Pinay Liminality, Sami See, Tito Gavina
Producing Artists: Sami See
About Sami Schilf (Sami See)
Sami Schilf is a visual artist and muralist whose work centers in the lived experience of hybridity. As a second generation mestiza (or ‘tisay’ in Tagalog) born in San Francisco, her work plays with the tension between disassociation and reclamation of cultural identity, history, and inheritance.
Dates & Times
Opening Reception: May 24, 2019 at 6-9pm
Exhibition: May 24 - June 15, 2019. Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11am-5pp
Closing Reception: June 15, 2019 at 6-9pm
INVOCATION: A FRISCOPINX CYPHER honors the experience of loss as gentrification displaces its people and shifts San Francisco culture. Through spoken word and music, FRISCOPINX Artists will be calling on the warm embrace and the mighty heart of their beloved city in order to collectively process grief and heal. The summoning of this found breath will be featured as ritual during the opening of New MestizX, a visual art exhibition on May 24, 2019 at Acción Latina’s Juan R. Fuentes Gallery.
Producing Artist: Mister REY
About the Artists
INVOCATION: A FRISCOPINX CIPHER consists of born & bred; raised Filipinx spoken word and hip hop artist and community warriors from Frisco.
"Even Still" is a poetry reading and panel discussion featuring Vidhu Aggarwal, Grace Shuyi Liew, and other local Asian American writers who grapple with the violences of colonialism and capitalism. We will address what it means to survive, to heal from, and to make space for ourselves under violent regimes.
This reading is curated by KSW Presents, a bimonthly reading series hosted by Kearny Street Workshop.
Grace Shuyi Liew, Vidhu Aggarwal
About Kearny Street Workshop
Founded in 1972, during the height of the Asian American cultural movement, Kearny Street Workshop (KSW) is the oldest Asian Pacific American multidisciplinary arts organization in the country. We offer classes and workshops, salons, and student presentations, as well as professionally curated and produced exhibitions, performances, readings, and screenings.
Come back soon for updated online ticketing link!
OCULUS explores exile and the way that Asian and Asian American women are seen and consumed--and envisions a future where they can write their own narratives.
Join us for an evening celebrating the recent or forthcoming books of four Asian American women poets.
Sally Wen Mao, Emily Jungmin Yoon, Mia Ayumi Malhotra
Producing Artst: Sally Wen Mao
About the Artists
Sally Wen Mao is the author of OCULUS - Graywolf Press. Emily Jungmin Yoon is the author of A Cruelty Special to Our Species - Ecco. Mia Ayumi Malhotra is the author of Isako Isako - Alice James Books.
Nancy Wang attempts to contact her grandfather, even though he has been dead for 95 years. Too many questions are left unanswered. So, attempting to be the family detective, she tries to find the answers, searching every angle through pages and pages of documents and family stories. Was his death an accident? Or, was it murder? With too many suspicious circumstances pointing to the possibility of murder, she winds herself through the shadows and secrets of the early 1900s - tong wars, Al Capone, - hoping to find a definitive answer. Why? And Who dunnit?
Nancy Wang, storyteller
Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo, projection artist and music composer
About Nancy Wang and Eth-Noh-Tec
NANCY WANG and ROBERT KIKUCHI-YNGOJO have shared ETH-NOH-TEC's artistic directorship since 1981. Nancy's dance, choreography and theater skills synthesizes with Robert's musical talents, composing and theater skills providing unique expressions of East and West to tell ageless Asian folktales and contemporary Asian American stories.
Dates & Times
Sunday May 26 at 2pm and 4pm
Tickets available for purchase at the link below.
Queer Fuckery collective returns with QUEER as FUCK III: Tickling Your Funny Bone(r) in a two-week run of original comedic short plays and sketches that poke and prod at the messy, embarrassing, and accurately truthful unspoken parts of our lives. Through shared laughter, this group of Queer and Trans POC writers, performers, and lovers close the gap between our differences, to spark the human connection we all need. Join the QUEERaF players as they take a multi-generational, multi-sexual, multi-gendered exploration of the dating world – from first dates at the dog park to questionable hook-up sites, to answering the question of just how far is one willing to go to find the one(s).
Queer Fuckery: Jocelyne Ampon, Jud Ferrer, Stan Stone, Enedina Ramos, Emmanuel Romero, Joyce Yin, Nicky Martinez, Kaz Valtchev (+ more)
About Queer Fuckery
Queer Fuckery collective is a collaborative effort to cultivate original artistic expressions that highlight the lives of Queer and Trans People of Color. QF has welcomed members from the Bay Area and throughout the US to its diverse family since 2016, and continues to grow and evolve with each project.
Dates & Times
Thu-Sat, May 30 - Jun 8 @ 8PM
Matinees: Jun 1-2 @ 3PM
Tickets available for purchase at the link below.
Performing Visible Resilience is an interdisciplinary showcase featuring personal narrative stories told by a cast of LGBTQ APA artists that connects personal histories to broader movement history through the work of the Resilience Archives. A stage filled with South Asian, Pacific Islander, Southeast Asian, East Asian, transgender, mixed race, and intergenerational performers celebrating nuances of spectrum of the Asian Pacific American community. Surrounding the storytellers are large scale intimate portraits of the Queer APA Women and Transgender community from across the United States curated from ten years of work from the Visibility Project. Two projects. Two community archives. One event.
Lead Visual Artist + Archivist: Mia Nakano
Director: Kat Evasco
More confirmed artists to come!
About Resilience Archives
The Resilience Archives is a movement strategy organization that combines arts education, visual arts, storytelling, collection and digitization of community archives into a living digital map to create stories, memories, and uplift the history of California Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer (LGBTQ) Asian Pacific Americans (APAs).
Photo by Mia Nakano
Join us for a community meal and participatory learning event. We will be drawing inspiration from teachings of community leaders, our ancestors, families, and shared histories as Asian Americans and diaspora communities. We will pay special attention to using the lens of cultural foods and land-based practices as a tool to build solidarity across movements. Through an afternoon of cooking, storytelling, and interactive stations participants will take part in creating the meal while learning how our collective Asian American and cross-cultural histories have shaped current social movements and can inform how we can work towards justice for all.
About Rooted Recipes Project
RRP is a collective founded by Kim Boral, Joseph Nontanovan, Aileen Suzara, and Thuy Tran, all work within the food and are activists, artists, and organizers. It is our connection through food and shared stories that we may reclaim our past in order to move towards a liberated future.
Purchase tickets at the link below.
Photo by Malina Syvoravong